Boots Retail (Ireland) has become the first company in Ireland and the European Union (EU) to be prosecuted for violations of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations.The company pleaded guilty to two separate charges brought by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency. The case was heard at the Wexford District Court in Ireland. Boots admitted to failing to meet WEEE Regulations by:
• Failing to maintain a specified notice in-store alerting customers to the fact that prices include a contribution to a Producer Recycling Fund to ensure that WEEE is collected and recycled in a responsible manner.
• Failing to include in an advertisement offering electrical and electronic equipment the contribution to be made to a Producer Recycling Fund as well as the net price, as required by the Regulations. Fines of €1,200 were imposed and costs of €6,865 were awarded to the EPA.