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January 24, 2005
World Waste fined for unauthorized operation of disposal site
RICHMOND HILL, ONT-World Waste Systems was fined $4,500, plus victim fine surcharges, after pleading guilty to two charges related to the unauthorized operation of a waste disposal site. In October 2003, Ministry of Environment (MOE) staff responded to a public complaint about the accumulation of waste at World Waste's site on Teston Road, in the town of Maple. Inspections over a three-week period revealed that approximately 500 tonnes of wood, concrete, plastic, metal, tire, and insulation waste had accumulated on the site. A provincial officer order was issued requiring the company to immediately cease depositing waste at the site and to remove all the waste by November 21, 2003. World Waste fully complied with these requirements. A subsequent investigation, however, found that the company had carried out the demolition of several houses and had transported the waste materials from these activities homes, violating a condition of its certificate of approval (C of A). The condition specified that waste be delivered only to an approved waste disposal site or facility, and the Teston Road site was not approved for this purpose. World Waste was charged under Section 27(1)(b) of the Environmental Protection Act with using, operating or establishing a waste disposal site without approval; it was also charged under Section 186(3) of the Act with violating a condition of its C of A. Fines of $2,000 and $2,500 were levied, respectively, for the two charges.