EnviroTire Technologies Ltd. of Brampton, Ontario was recently fined $14,100, plus a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge, after pleading guilty to three charges under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) for failing to comply with conditions of a provisional certificate of approval for a waste disposal site.
EnviroTire recycles scrap tires into various grades of high-quality rubber crumb, and then uses this as the raw material for products such as rubber shoe soles and interlocking floor mats which are produced in the same facility.
The company’s provisional certificate of approval stipulates several conditions of operation. Inspections conducted by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment between October 2002 and March 2003 revealed that the company had violated conditions of its certificate of approval.
Charged under section 186(3) of the EPA, the company’s violations include: failing to clear the ground of all tires and tire units once every 24 hours; failing to provide a copy of its up-to-date contingency plan to the District Manager within a specified timeframe; and, failing to submit financial assurance in the amount of $25,000 to the ministry. The company was fined $4,700 for each offence and was issued a Probation Order prohibiting the company from committing the same or any similar offences for the period of one year.
Victor Sibilia, president and CEO of EnviroTire says everything is in order now, and explains there was confusion during the investigation. “The ministry initially informed us that the company was to pay a $15,000 bond for storing 10,000 tires,” says Mr. Sibilia. “But the amount was suddenly and unexpectedly increased, without consulting us, to $25,000 for the same amount of tires.” Mr. Sibilia decided to settle the matter and pay the amount plus the fines instead of going to court.
Justice of the Peace Darlene Florence heard the case on December 12, 2003 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Mississauga.
For further information, contact Mark Rabbior, Communications Branch, Ontario Ministry of Environment at 416-314-6666 or Victor Sibilia, president and CEO of Enviro Tire at 905-455-7848
(Also read “Wheel Comes Full Circle” in the April/May 2003 edition of Solid Waste & Recycling magazine.)