June 11, 2007

C of A violations lead to $12K fine for waste management company

TORONTO, ONT-Optimum Disposal Services, owner and operator of a Toronto waste transfer facility, was fined $12,000 and levied a victim surcharge fee for using an unauthorized site for waste disposal purposes, installing and operating unapproved equipment, exceeding daily waste collection limits and processing waste outdoors. During a site visit in November 2005, a provincial officer from the Ministry of Environment (MOE) noticed a pile of waste, consisting of shingles, wood, metal, tires and bricks, being sorted in an outdoor cell; this was a direct violation of one of the conditions of the company's certificate of approval (C of A) for the facility. A full inspection a week later revealed that the company had violated other terms of its C of A violations by: exceeding its daily waste collection limit of 299 tonnes on 100 days between January and November, 2005; using a building adjacent to its Ingram Drive site for waste disposal purposes; and operating wood chipping/shredding machine without MOE approval. An investigation led to four charges, two of failing to comply with its C of A conditions and two of violating sections 41 and 27 (1) of the Environmental Protection Act. In addition to the fiscal penalties, the court issued an order requiring the company to: stop accepting more than its approved daily waste limit; remove any waste stored outdoors and ensure that all transfer, storage and processing of waste be conducted indoors at all times; and to cease using the neighbouring property for waste disposal activities.

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