June 30/July 7, 2003

Tiffin Recycling fined $22,000 for allowing off-site particulate releases

BARRIE, ONT-Tiffin Recycling was fined a total of $22,000, plus a victim fine surcharge, after pleading guilty to three charges arising from particulate emissions from the company's waste disposal site in the spring of 2001. The company, which processes solid, non-hazardous commercial, industrial, construction and demolition wastes at its facility in an industrial area of Barrie, allowed particulate matter to be blown off its property, affecting nearby businesses. Tiffin was fined $12,000 under section 14(1) of the Environmental Protection Act for discharging a contaminant that caused an adverse effect on the environment. Fines of $5,000 were imposed for each of two counts under section 186(3) of the Act for failing to comply with the conditions of its provisional certificate of approval. The court was told that Tiffin failed to comply with condition 18(a) by operating a wood chipper without a certificate of approval and condition 14 of the provisional certificate by failing to cover waste to prevent off-site environmental effects.
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