Canadian Waste Services is recommending the Province of Ontario establish a process to set clear requirements for environmental assessments for private sector waste management services.
In a pre-budget presentation to the government’s Finance Committee, the company stated that the current waste disposal crisis in Ontario is due to both the lack of disposal capacity and a fractured Environmental Assessment (EA) process that is preventing new capacity from coming on-line.
“We need to codify regulations that clearly set out requirements for private sector proponents with regards to the consideration of ‘alternatives to’ for their preferred undertakings,” stated Cal Bricker, Vice-President of Public Affairs for Canadian Waste Services. “The situation facing Ontario is unsustainable from the direct financial costs to municipalities as well as opportunity costs to Ontario to the impact on the environment from truck traffic to and from the Michigan/Ontario border.”
Canadian Waste is proposing to expand two of its existing landfill facilities in Richmond and Warwick Ontario and was proceeding with its environmental assessments until its Terms of Reference for the Richmond EA was quashed by an Ontario Court in 2003.
For further information contact Wes Muir, director of communications, Canadian Waste Services at 905-633-3940.