March 22, 2004

Waste firm president fined $25K for illegal storage of used tires

MISSISSAUGA, ONT-Michael DiCenzo, president of Achievor Recovery, was fined a total of $25,000 after pleading guilty to two charges relating to storage of waste tires. The Brampton waste handling company processes and transfers materials such as white goods and used tires. The firm leased space at 125 Orenda Road for the purpose of storing used tires in a number of company trailers. Under direction from DiCenzo, however, Achievor began depositing used tires outside the trailers and on the ground at the site. By 2002, an estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 used tires had accumulated on the Orenda Road property, which did not have a provisional certificate of approval (C of A) to accept the used tires. In March 2002 the Ministry of Environment (MOE) issued Achievor a provincial officer order requiring the company to stop receiving scrap tires and to remove all the tires stored at the Orenda Road site by May 7, 2002. DiCenzo did not remove the tires by the specified deadline. He was charged with depositing used tires at an unauthorized site and failing to comply with a condition of a provincial officer order, in violation of sections 186(2) and 190(2) of the Environmental Protection Act, respectively. He was given a year to pay fines of $15,000 for the first violation and $10,000 for the second. The court also ordered that DiCenzo not be permitted to be the owner, director or shareholder of a tire recovery, recycling, or like business within Ontario for a period of twelve months.
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