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Waste Reduction Week and Awards...

Waste Reduction Week and Awards

Celebrate and participate in Waste Reduction Week (WRW), October 17th to 23rd, 2005. Canadian waste reduction initiatives and successes will be recognized and celebrated during this important time. The program’s “Too Good to Waste” theme reminds all Canadians of the benefits of waste-free living and offers promotional materials, information and resource guides aimed at schools, businesses, municipalities and individuals, providing them with the tools and motivation to take action. The program is developed and delivered by a coalition of recycling councils and their sister organizations from across Canada. National sponsors include McDonald’s restaurants, Waste Management Inc., Hewlett-Packard and Cascades.

Information, materials and registration information can be found on the web at

Stratford to host 2005 RCO Waste Minimization Awards

Nominations are now open for Ontario’s Waste Minimization Awards. The Recycling Council of Ontario celebrates Waste Reduction Week in Canada with a tribute to those who have made a positive contribution to sustainability. The RCO and the City of Stratford will host the 2005 Waste Minimization Awards on Thursday, October 20th 2005 as Waste Reduction Week draws to a close.

The City of Stratford is extending their warm hospitality to all RCO nominees and guests so mark your calendars and make room for the daylong festivities. The awards are held to recognize the achievements of outstanding Ontario organizations, municipalities, corporations, institutions and individuals, who have made significant contributions to waste reduction.

Do you know a waste reduction champion? Get involved by making a nomination in any of the 14 categories. Nomination packages can be downloaded from the RCO website at or contact the RCO office for further information at or 416 657-2797 Ext. 4.

Details will be available shortly on the RCO website

Ontario haulers plead guilty to violations

Eleven companies and three individuals pleaded guilty to violations under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA).

In May 2005, members of the Ministry of the Environment’s Investigation and Enforcement Branch partnered with the Ontario Provincial Police and the Ministry of Transportation in a joint inspection initiative to ensure contaminated soil waste haulers are in compliance with the EPA. The waste haulers were inspected to determine if they are approved to haul contaminated solid non-hazardous waste and if they were operating in accordance with the conditions of a Certificate of Approval.

The court heard that, on May 24, 2005 and May 25, 2005, the defendants were observed to be hauling contaminated solid non-hazardous waste and soil to two landfill sites located in the Ottawa region. Upon inspection, it was revealed that the vehicles transporting the waste were either not authorized to do so or the vehicles were not clearly marked with the name and number of its Certificates of Approval. In other instances the Certificates of Approval were not present in the vehicles as required. Following a two-day inspection, 11 companies and three individuals were charged for violations under the EPA.

Between June 16 and July 14, 2005, the companies and individuals pleaded guilty to the following charges under the EPA:

* Munro & Scullion Contracting Inc., and 1421736 Ontario Limited pleaded guilty to one count of operating or establishing a waste management system without a Certificate of Approval or provisional Certificate of Approval contrary to Section 27(1)(a) and were fined $1,000 each;

* Gestion des Dechets Malex Inc. /Malex Waste Systems Inc., Carl’s Sanitation Services Ltd., Mackat Inc., Ray’s Haulage Incorporated, 927889 Ontario Inc., all pleaded guilty to one count each for failing to mark the vehicles with the name and number of the Certificates of Approval contrary to Section 10 of Regulation 347 under the EPA. They were fined $500 each; Kimco Steel Sales Ltd. also pleaded guilty to two counts under this section and received a total of $1,000 in fines;

* Peter Alfred Stanley, Jean Claude Levesque and Timothy Stephen Dell pleaded guilty to one count each under Section 10 of Regulation 347. Each individual received a $500 fine.

* 144778 Canada Inc., Services Matrec Inc., and Losey’s Haulage Ltd. also pleaded guilty to one count each for violating Certificate of Approval conditions contrary to Section 186(3) of the act. The companies each received a $500 fine. Victim Fine Surcharges are exclusive of the fines.

Justices of the Peace Louisette Girault and William Stewart presided over the matters in the Ontario Court of Justice in Ottawa.

Waste Services increases in 2Q revenue, earnings

Revenue for Waste Services Inc. expanded in its second quarter due mostly to acquisitions and price increases. The Burlington, Ontario-based company also narrowed its loss to $14.5 million, or 15 cents per share, on revenue of $95.4 million for the second quarter, compared to a loss of $18.6 million, or 21 cents per share, on revenue of $72.6 million for last years fourth quarter. The revenue represents an increase of 31 percent from last years second quarter; it included $8.8 million from acquisitions and $2.4 million from price increases, $1.5 million in fuel surcharges, $3.5 million from increased landfill volume and $2.6 million of internal growth.

“We continue to make progress in increasing disposal volumes at our three municipal solid waste landfills in the United States and were pleased with the opening of our two transfer stations in Florida during the second quarter,” said CEO David Sutherland-Yoest said.

Vancouver Mayor to speak at CWRE event

Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell will be the keynote speaker at the Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo. Mr. Campbell’s career has included work with the RCMP and a stint as BC’s chief coroner, which gave him the background to also work on scripts for the Gemini award-winning TV series Da Vinci’s Inquest.

Event organizers Messe Frankfurt USA remind readers that the 2005 Canadian Waste and Recycling Expo / Canadian Public Works Expo is moving to the Vancouver Exhibition and Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia and takes place October 26 & 27, 2005.

For more information and to register, please go to / or send an email to

Waste Management restructures, divests under-performers

Houston-based Waste Management Inc. is cutting 600 jobs in a corporate restructuring and plans to divest itself of under-performing collection businesses and transfer stations. According to the company, the job cuts will save about $30 million this year and $70 million annually (starting next year). The company will take a pretax charge of about $20- to $30-million during the third quarter to pay for the layoffs.

CEO David Steiner says the asset sale is “consistent with our plan to increase our internalization rates and improve our operating margins.” The operations to be divested represent about $400 million in annual revenue, according to Waste Management.

Contact Wes Muir, Waste Management of Canada, 905-633-3940.

Conporec merges with SLC Capital

Conporec Inc. has announced its merger with SLC Capital Inc. (TSX Venture Exchange: SLC.P). The company resulting from the merger will continue to operate under the name Conporec Inc. and offer integrated solutions

for solid waste management based on a patented composting technology. Its common shares will be listed on the TSX Venture Exchange in the coming weeks, subject to final approval by the TSX Venture Exchange Inc.

Contact CEO Jean Beaudoin, 450-449-9949

Increased collection of Canadian rechargeable batteries

The nonprofit Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) has announced its collection data for the first six months of 2005, reporting the collection of more than 180 thousand pounds (82,512 kilograms or 82.5 tonnes) of rechargeable batteries in Canada, an increase of 8.5 percent from 2004.

Call2Recycle is the nation’s most comprehensive rechargeable battery and cell phone recycling program featuring retail and community collection locations across Canada where consumers can drop off used rechargeable batteries and old cell phones. Through RBRC’s recycling network, reusable metals from Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) and Small Sealed Lead (Pb) batteries are recovered and recycled to make new products such as new batteries and stainless steel. Cell phones collected through the Call2Recycle program are recycled or refurbished and resold, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting national charities.

Call 1-877-2-RECYCLE or visit

First FSC Recycled certification in Canada

Cascades Fine Papers Group’s “green mill” in Saint-Jrme has received the Forest Stewardship Council certification FSC Recycled. This certification authenticates that the product has 100 per cent post-consumer content, taking the whole process into account, from the raw material to the consumers.

Contact Robert Boivin,

Autocar exclusivity agreement with Cummins Inc.

Autocar, LLC of Hagerstown, Indiana, in conjunction with Cummins Inc. of Columbus, Indiana, has announced an agreement whereby Autocar will be exclusively powered by Cummins ISL and ISM engines in its low-cab-over-engine Xpeditor truck line. Cummins brings an extensive parts and service network to the Autocar customer with over 3,500 certified service locations for heavy and medium duty trucks across North America.


Overpass crushes garbage truck

A garbage truck with its box lifted struck a pedestrian overpass in Coquitlam B.C. on July 19, causing the bridge to collapse and kill the driver. The Lougheed Highway reopened at about 8:00 p.m.

The 36-year-old garbage-truck driver for Waste Management of Canada died after his vehicle’s box went up and struck the concrete overpass. Witnesses said the driver slammed on his brakes as his truck slid toward the overpass but avoided a collision.

The fatal crash happened at about 11 a.m. near Dewdney Trunk Road in Coquitlam. RCMP Cpl. Jane Baptista said the truck had stopped earlier in traffic about 200 metres from the overpass. When the truck started to move with traffic, hydraulic equipment on the vehicle began to rise, possibly from a mechanical malfunction.

Canadian Stewardship Conference details

The Canadian Stewardship Conference — a new industry event — will be held at Toronto’s Delta Chelsea Inn on October 4, 2005. This event is being organized with the assistance of nearly 20 stewardship organizations from across Canada. The event is limited to an attendance of 150 delegates, of which over 100 have already registered or indicated they will be attending.

Speakers will include the senior government officials responsible for stewardship programs in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. Additionally, senior government business, and stewardship organization leaders from Atlantic Canada and Quebec will be participating in the event. A significant contingent of delegates from the USA will be participating in the conference as delegates, as they monitor and acquire crucial details on the development of stewardship programs in this country.

Three speakers have been added to the agenda.

Andr Martel, President of Collecte Selective Qubec — will discuss Quebec’s latest product stewardship program. All eyes are on Quebec as co Entreprises Qubec (EQ) launches the second packaging and printed materials program in Canada. Levy rates are yet to be set, discussions with municipalities are planned and details of the stewardship rules are yet to be announced. Hear an update on those developments.

Tim Penner, president of Proctor & Gamble, will discuss stewardship in Canada, offering a view from a manufacturer of products. Mr. Penner will discuss how brand owners view stewardship, and how they are managing these issues within their corporate structure.

Hon. Kerry Morash, Minister, Nova Scotia Environment & Labour and President, Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) will be the keynote luncheon speaker. Minister Morash will give delegates an outline of how stewardship programs are developing in Canada and the opportunities that exist to harmonize programs across the country.

Still to be announced is a speaker representing a retailer’s point of view of how the various stewardship laws in Canada are effecting their businesses, and how this sector is coping with these administrative and business challenges. Finally, a fast-paced session will be offered on financing stewardship (visible fees, internalizing costs, consumer awareness of stewardship) and promoting financial and administration of programs in Canada.

Visit or contact Mark McKenney at 905-814-1748.

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