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Tire Recycling Company fined $12,000 for Environmental Protection Act Violations

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Tire Recycling Company fined $12,000 for Environmental Protection Act Violations

Convicted - Ellsin Environmental Ltd.

Court Location - Sault Ste. Marie

Description of Offence - The convictions relate to altering a waste management system without ministry approval and failing to submit reports within the required timeframes, as per ministry approval.

Date of Offence - During various periods beginning on or about October 31, 2015 and ending on or about February 27, 2017.

Date of Conviction - June 5, 2019

Penalty Imposed - Ellsin Environmental was convicted of two violations under the Environmental Protection Act and was fined $12,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $3,000 and was given 90 days to pay the fine.

Background

  • Ellsin Environmental Ltd. holds the patent rights to a tire recycling process, which renders tire components available for reuse in several different applications.
  • The company had a waste processing ministry approval for a pilot project at a facility in Sault Ste. Marie. The approved processes were designed and built to test the commercial viability of the company's tire recycling technology.
  • On February 27, 2017, the ministry conducted an inspection at the site and identified changes to the approved methods of extracting raw materials for recycling.
  • Further inspection indicated that the tire recycling system, as initially designed, was not functioning perfectly and so the company had modified its extraction process to reduce an oil residue that was fouling the reusable carbon material outputs during the recycling process.
  • The company also failed to submit quarterly reports on five occasions, and failed to submit their final report in the timeframes required.
  • The ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch investigated and laid charges resulting in two convictions.

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