A Belleville, Ontario demolition and recycling company and its president were fined a total of $50,000 recently for violations of Ontario’s Environmental Protection Act.
Rancor Wood Recycling Inc. and its president, Randy Harold Corfield, were fined $40,000 and $5,000, respectively, after pleading guilty to operating a waste disposal site not in accordance with their provisional Certificate of Approval. Rancor Wood Recycling was also fined $5,000 for having deposited waste on land that did not have a Certificate of Approval.
On August 30 and 31, 2005, Ministry of the Environment inspectors conducted an audit of the waste disposal site and found that the amount of waste stored on the site was greater than that permitted by the Certificate of Approval issued to the company. The inspectors also found that waste was deposited on land beyond the boundaries of the approved waste disposal site.
In addition to the fines, Rancor Wood Recycling and Corfield were ordered to reduce the volume of waste at the site on a monthly basis, beginning May 15, 2007, in order to be in compliance within 12 months. They must report their progress to the ministry monthly.
The company continued accepting waste at the site between August 30, 2005 and January 3, 2006 despite processing problems and excessive storage on the site.