January 10, 2005

MOE completes cleanup of Ontario's largest illegal scrap tire pile

TORONTO, ONT-At a cost of more than $1 million, the Ontario government has completed a cleanup of what Environment Minister Leona Dombrowsky said was the largest illegal stockpile of scrap tires in the province. Approximately 600,000 used tires were illegally stored at the Otterwood tire site in Norwich Township. Since 1996, the owners had failed to comply with court-ordered cleanups and provincial orders to remove the tires. One owner of the site ultimately served four months in jail, while the other received a probation period of two years. Efforts to recoup the costs of the cleanup via a provincial order in January 2004 were ignored. The Ministry of Environment has instructed the township to sell the property to recover unpaid municipal taxes and the cost of the cleanup. Dombrowsky noted that the ministry will be addressing other illegal tire sites in the province in the future. Waste Diversion Ontario has developed a plan to recycle the more than 10 million used tires generated in Ontario annually and to deal with the remaining two million used tires stockpiled around the province. The industry plan was recently posted to the Environmental Bill of Rights registry for public comment (www.ene.gov.on.ca, registry reference No RA04E0018). The posting includes a link to specific questions on which input is being sought. Comments are due by February 14, 2005.
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