Optimum Disposal Services Inc. in Toronto, Ontario was fined $12,000, plus a victim surcharge, for using an unauthorized site for waste disposal, installing and operating unapproved equipment, exceeding daily waste collection limits, and processing waste outdoors, contrary to conditions 17 and 18(1) of its Certificate of Approval, and section 41 and subsection 27(1) of the Environmental Protection Act.
On November 18, 2005, during a site visit, a Ministry of the Environment Provincial Officer noticed a pile of waste — consisting of shingles, wood, metal, tires and bricks — being sorted in an outdoor cell, a violation of condition 17 of the company’s Certificate of Approval. Following an inspection on November 24, 2005, the officer found that the company violated condition 18(1) of its Certificate of Approval by exceeding its daily waste collection limit of 299 tonnes on 100 days between January and November 2005. The officer also found that the company was using an adjacent building for waste disposal and operating a wood chipping/shredding machine without approval from the ministry.
The company was ordered to stop accepting more than its approved daily waste limit, remove any waste stored outdoors and ensure all transfer, storage and processing of waste is conducted indoors at all times. The company was also ordered to cease using the adjacent property for waste disposal.
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