New Brunswick’s new plan
New Brunswick Environment and Local Government Minister Kim Jardine recently released a five-year action plan to reduce and divert solid waste in the province. The 10 action items set out in the plan are supplemented by specific recycling program and composting initiatives. The plan builds on the regional approach to solid waste management adopted in 1987, and the introduction of new legislation over the past decade.
Call 506-453-2690 or e-mail env.comm. gnb.ca
Capital acquires Waste Services
On December 12, 2001, Capital Environment Resources Inc. announced that it agreed to buy Waste Services Inc. of Ottawa for $25.3-million to become the second largest waste collection and landfill operator in Canada. Capital has also agreed to buy Premier Waste, a landfill operator in Vancouver, B.C. The acquisitions will increase the company’s annual revenue 14 per cent to $160-million compared with $800-million in sales for Canadian Waste Services Inc., Canada’s largest waste-management firm.
Call 905-319-1237 or e-mail info@ capitalenvironmental.com
B.C. composting operation fined
On January 4, 2002, a commercial mushroom compost operation in Abbotsford, B.C., 487825 B.C. Ltd., was fined $35,000 under the provincial Waste Management Act. Environment ministry staff investigated the compost operation after receiving complaints about smells and run-off. Despite an order to stop receiving odour-causing material, the facility continued to operate as usual until the building roof collapsed. The company pleaded guilty to one count of introducing waste into the environment in such a manneror quantity to cause pollution.
Contact Christine Turlet at 604-582-5256
After a three-year wait, on January 16, 2002, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment released its draft Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs) Regulations under the Environmental Protection Act, the Ontario Water Resources Act and the Pesticides Act. According to the implementation policy, if passed, the ministry would be able to impose monetary penalties for infractions — such as failing to submit reports on time or not complying with some operating conditions — without going to court. Written submissions on the draft AMPs may be made between January 16 to April 16, 2002. (See “Final Analysis” in the August/September 1999 edition.)
For further information, contact John Steele at 416-314-6666
Manitoba HHW stewardship
The Manitoba Department of the Environment recently released a draft regulation for industry stewardship on household hazardous waste, including: batteries, paint, pesticides, flammable gas, solvents, swimming pool chemicals, pharmaceuticals, liquid fuels, corrosives, and electrical and electronic equipment. The proposed regulation would require industry to have stewardship programs ready by fall 2002 and underway by January 2003.
Call 204-945-8980 or e-mail email@example.com
Metro Waste goes west
On January 10, 2002, Toronto, Ontario-based Metro Waste Paper Recovery Inc. opened up a western division after completing the purchase of 12 paper recycling plants in Western Canada. The new division, Metro Materials Recovery Inc., is based in Surrey, B.C. The company has doubled its workforce to 400.
Call Paul Jablonski at 416-231-2525
Peel Region contract
Peel’s Regional Council recently voted to endorse a five-year contract with Wilson Logistics Inc. and Republic Services Inc. to haul and dispose of the region’s municipal waste at Carleton Farms Landfill in Wayne County, Michigan. The contract begins July 1, 2002. The region expects to dispose of approximately 112,000 tonnes of waste in the first year. Britannia Sanitary Landfill, Peel’s primary landfill, is reaching its capacity and is expected to close in June 2002. The region will ship any waste that cannot be accommodated at KMS Peel Inc., Peel’s energy-from-waste facility, and the Caledon Sanitary Landfill. According to Public Works Commissioner Mitch Zamojc this is a short-term solution to handle the disposal of waste while the region identifies new waste diversion strategies. In addition to its recycling and composting programs, the region launched a residential garbage limit starting February 4. The “Three-Bag Standard Program” appeals to residents to place tags on more than three garbage bags or containers each week.
For more information, call WASTELINE at 905-791-9499
On January 14, 2002, the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General released Part I of the Report of the Walkerton Commission of Inquiry, prepared by Justice Dennis O’Connor. The provincial government called for the inquiry after the Walkerton drinking-water crisis in May 2000 in which seven people died and 2,300 became ill as a result of E.coli contamination. The 700-page report reviews what happened, why and whether government policies and procedures contributed to the situation, and looks into the safety of Ontario’s drinking water. Ontario Premier Mike Harris says that Justice O’Connor’s report will be the linchpin in helping Ontario and governments across Canada prevent similar tragedies in future. According to Mr. Harris, of the 28 recommendations in the report the province has already implemented or is in the process of implementing more than two-thirds of them as part of a program entitled Operation Clean Water.
Contact John Steele at 416-314-6666