Danadam Consulting Incorporated pled guilty November 26 to improper storage of hazardous recyclables under Alberta’s Waste Control Regulation. The judge ordered the company to publish an account of circumstances of the offence in the Edmonton Examiner and company president Colin Mowat was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.
The charge came as a result of improper storage of used oil at Centennial Bottle Depot in Edmonton.
In 1998, the Alberta Used Oil Management Association (AUOMA) and the Bottle Depot Association established a used-oil collection pilot program on the site. This included providing a storage shed complete with proper secondary containment, a training course that included the proper handling and management of hazardous waste, and making arrangements with independent carriers to attend regularly at the plant to pick up the used oil. Danadam Consulting signed a contract with AUOMA to take responsibility for the proper handling of hazardous waste.
On May 15, 2002 an Alberta Environment investigator found approximately 2,300 litres of used oil, some in open pails, stored outside a containment shed at the Centennial Bottle Depot in Edmonton. Analytical results confirmed that this was hazardous material.
The premises have since been restored and there was no resulting environmental damage. The maximum fine under the legislation is $500,000.
The forthcoming December/January edition of Solid Waste & Recycling magazine features an editorial entitled "Lubricating Public Policy" by Editor Guy Crittenden on recent attempts to establish a used-oil stewardship program in Ontario, based on the Alberta system. The edition will be mailed at the end of December.