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April 26, 2004
Waste handler pleads guilty to 22 charges of improper processing, fined $10K on two counts
TORONTO, ONT-Recycle Plus recently pleaded guilty to 22 charges under Ontario's Environmental Protection Act (EP Act) and was fined $10,000, plus a victim fine surcharge. The company holds a provisional certificate of approval (C of A) to operate a waste processing and transfer site in Toronto. Following public complaints, Ministry of Environment (MOE) staff inspected the Recycle Plus site several times and found that between January and July 2002, the company had repeatedly failed to comply with two of the conditions of its C of A. Those conditions required that: all activities relating to unloading/loading, processing, transferring and storing of processed and unprocessed waste and residual waste be conducted indoors at all times; and that all doors be closed at all times except during loading and unloading of waste. In failing to adhere to these conditions, Recycle Plus violated Section 186(3) of the EP Act. The company pleaded guilty to all 22 related to the improper processing, transferring and storing of waste and was fined $5,000 for each of the first two counts; suspended sentences were handed down on the remaining 20 counts. The sentence reflected both the guilty plea and co-operation on the part of the accused. The company was given 180 days to pay the fine.