Waste and Obstruction Violations Result in $23,000 Fine under the EPA
Toronto - Waste Container Services Inc. (WCS) and company President Geoffrey Jardine pleaded guilty to two offences and were fined $23,000 for disposing waste at a site not approved to accept waste, and obstructing a Provincial Officer, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act (EPA).
WCS operates from a location on Howden Road in Toronto and is under ministry approval to haul non-hazardous waste and asbestos.
The site is not a ministry approved waste disposal site.
On May 1, 2015, a ministry officer attended the site to perform an inspection, and observed construction and demolition waste, five bins of mixed waste, and heavy hydrocarbon contamination on the ground around a diesel tank.
A ministry order was issued shortly thereafter, requiring that the company clean-up the site and remove all waste.
On June 26, 2015, the ministry officer attended the site to assess compliance with the Order.
Despite the officer producing his badge and designation, Mr. Jardine approached the Officer and told him to leave the site.
The ministry officer advised Mr. Jardine that he was conducting an inspection under the EPA, and that by forcing him to leave the site, Mr. Jardine would be obstructing a Provincial Officer.
Mr. Jardine continued to insist that the ministry officer leave the site, which he did.
Subsequently, the matter was referred to the Ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch. Following an investigation, the defendants were charged.
On June 15, 2017, Waste Container Services Inc. and Geoffrey Jardine were convicted of one offence each. WCS was fined $15,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $3,750 and Mr. Jardine was fined $8,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $2,000. Both defendants were given six months to pay.