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Waste Initiatives Across Canada (June 01, 2008)

Manitoba's scrap tire program


Manitoba’s scrap tire program

The Manitoba Scrap Tire Program Plan formally took effect on April 1, 2008. The program was introduced in the summer of 2007 and addresses all types of tires and tubes, including off-road tires. Tire Stewardship Manitoba, a not-for-profit agency created by the tire industry, is managing the new program, along with members from four organizations involved with selling tires in the province. These organizations are the Rubber Association of Canada, the Retail Council of Canada, the Western Canada Tire Dealers Association and the Manitoba Motor Dealers Association. Tire Stewardship Manitoba replaces the former Tire Stewardship Board, which was operated by the Manitoba Government.

The program is designed to ensure that collection and processing facilities are available for all regions in Manitoba. Funding for the program is generated through fees charged when new tires are sold. A larger range of tires are now subject to these fees, which assists in generating the additional funding necessary to more properly reflect the actual cost of collection and processing. In order for a retailer to sell new tires in Manitoba, they must participate in a province-wide stewardship program that manages all types of scrap tires and tubes.

New Brunswick stewardship board

Recycle New Brunswick has been established as the new multi-material stewardship board by the New Brunswick government. As of May 1, 2008, Recycle New Brunswick is responsible for overseeing a new waste paint stewardship program, and also assumes responsibility for the Tire Stewardship Program, which the Tire Stewardship Board has overseen since 1996. The members of the Tire Stewardship Board became members of Recycle New Brunswick.

Recycle New Brunswick oversees the management of waste paint that comes from paint brand owners. A “brand owner” is a person who either manufactures and sells paint in New Brunswick, is the owner or licensee of trademarks under which paint is sold in New Brunswick, or brings paint into the province for sale. “Brand owners” must register with Recycle New Brunswick, meet prescribed rates for reuse of waste paint, and submit paint stewardship plans to Recycle New Brunswick for approval.

The paint stewardship plan must include information on the brand owner’s intentions for collection and treatment of waste paint. Brand owners have the option of submitting a joint plan through an industry-sponsored association, or individual plans. The intent is that Recycle New Brunswick will eventually oversee other stewardship programs for waste products such as oil, electronic components, batteries, mercury-containing devices, and pharmaceuticals.

Ontario WEEE plan

Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) — a not-for-profit organization established by the Ontario government — has released a draft electrical and electronic waste diversion plan. The plan constitutes the first phase of the program, and addresses desktop and portable computers, computer peripherals, monitors, fax machines, printers and televisions. It’s intended that a second phase (that will address copiers, telephones, scanners, cameras and audio-visual equipment) will be submitted to the Ministry of the Environment within one year after approval of the first phase of the program.

OES intends to establish or support a network of collection sites, haulers, consolidation sites and end of life processors for electrical and electronic waste, all of which will be bound by environmental standards developed by OES. Sites involved in collection activities will be eligible for a subsidy of $165 per tonne of eligible electrical and electronic waste equipment collected and prepared for transport. OES will cover the transportation costs to consolidation sites and to processors, as well as the processing costs.

NWT to expand waste program

The Northwest Territories Minister of Natural Environment and Resources has announced the launch of public consultations to discuss expanding the waste reduction and recovery program in the NWT. The initiative is intended to assess what new waste products should be recovered and recycled. A document has been prepared by the government to assist in the discussions, which considers the addition of waste electronics, tires, lead-acid batteries, fuel drums/scrap metal, plastic grocery bags, milk containers and paper and cardboard to the program.

Fines and jail terms for waste fire

A waste fire in Ontario has resulted in jail terms and $1.7 million in fines after a waste disposal site in Vaughan, Ontario caught fire on October 12, 2004. The waste disposal site was used for the processing and transfer of solid non-hazardous industrial and commercial waste. The fire burned for several days, and affected neighbouring residences and schools.

The environment ministry laid charges against four companies and three individuals. All seven defendants were found guilty and convicted of violating Subsection 14(1) of the Ontario Environmental Protection Act for causing or permitting the emission of a contaminant into the natural environment that caused an adverse effect. Three individuals were sentenced to jail terms. Two were sentenced to six month terms and fined $5,000 each and the third was sentenced to three months and fined $3,000. The four companies involved were fined a total of $1.7 million, plus the victim fine surcharge.

Rosalind Cooper, LL. B. is a partner with Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, with offices across Canada. Ms. Cooper is based in Toronto, Ontario. Contact Rosalind at rcooper@tor.fasken.com


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