Waste Hauler Fined $10,000 For Environmental Protection Act (EPA) Violations
Peterborough - BFI Canada Inc. was found guilty of two offences and was fined a total of $10,000 for using non-leak proof waste carriers, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act (EPA).
The company operates a large waste management system with an office and truck storage in Peterborough. The company regularly uses the Peterborough landfill site south of the city.
Company trucks are used to pick-up, transfer and drop off large steel waste bins to various locations. Once the bins are full, the company retrieves the bins and transfers them to a landfill site in order to empty the waste. The company owns hundreds of these bins.
The ministry routinely conducts inspections of the Peterborough landfill to ensure compliance with ministry legislation. Two inspections were conducted and it was identified that company waste bins were being used and reused, although they were defective, with large corroded holes, to the extent that waste was protruding.
A ministry order was issued to the company, which required that the waste bins be repaired or removed from service if they could not be repaired. The company was also ordered to conduct an inventory of their bins and train their staff. Unfortunately, the corroded waste bins continued to be used, which resulted in charges being laid.
The company was convicted of two offences and was fined $10,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $2,500, with 90 days to pay the fine. This was the company's thirteenth conviction for the same offence.