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Food Processing Company fined $20,000 for Environmental Protection Act Violations

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Food Processing Company fined $20,000 for Environmental Protection Act Violations

Convicted - Canadian Liquids Processors Limited

Court Location - Hamilton

Description of Offence - The convictions relate to non-compliance with a ministry order.

Date of Offence - between July 2017 and November 2017

Date of Conviction - September 19, 2019

Penalty Imposed - Canadian Liquids Processors Limited was convicted of four violations under the Environmental Protection Act and was fined $20,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $5,000 with six months to pay.

Background

  • Canadian Liquids Processors Limited operates a facility at a site on Biggar Avenue in Hamilton, which processes unwanted and stale-dated liquid food and beverage waste.
  • Liquid waste products arrive at the site in packaging that includes glass bottles, plastic, cardboard and other waste materials.
  • Liquid waste processing takes place inside a site building. Once liquid wastes have been removed from the bottles they are then crushed on-site. Crushed glass is stored outdoors until further processing or shipment, and the site also accepts loads of crushed glass generated off-site.
  • In March 2017, the company was issued a ministry order to clean-up large piles of unprocessed waste glass and residual waste that had accumulated on-site, in order to comply with a ministry approval for waste.
  • Two items on the Order required the company to ensure that all residual wastes on-site were stored in a covered container by May 31, 2017, and to move all unprocessed waste glass into separated bunkers by June 16, 2017.  During inspections in July and November 2017 ministry staff observed that the company failed to comply with either order item by their compliance dates.
  • The ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch investigated and laid charges resulting in four convictions.

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