January 15, 2007

Firm fined $35K for failing to register as steward under Waste Diversion Act

MISSISSAUGA, ONT-Janes Family Foods recently pleaded guilty to an offence under the Waste Diversion Act, 2002 and was fined $35,000, plus a victim fine surcharge. The Mississauga-based frozen food manufacturing company is a generator of Blue Box waste materials (e.g. glass, metal, paper, plastic, textiles). The Waste Diversion Act requires brand owners and producers of Blue Box wastes to pay 50% of the net Blue Box costs for Ontario municipalities, and to register with Stewardship Ontario, the industry funding organization that calculates and levies fees on companies such as Janes that produce this type of waste. In January 2004, Janes was notified of its inclusion in the Stewardship Ontario program and was told to submit a steward's report by April 20, 2004 to register itself. The company did not submit its report until January 7, 2005 and was later charged with failing to file a steward's report within an assigned time period, contrary to section 41(1) of the Waste Diversion Act.

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