A numbered company (1230934 Ontario Limited and Waste Wood Disposal Ltd. were recently convicted of waste related offences in Ontario Court in Chatham. Waste Wood Disposal Ltd. operated a waste disposal transfer site in Dresden, Ontario. The site is owned by 1230934 Ontario Limited.

Both companies were convicted for violating the Ontario Environmental Protection Act (EPA) and the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA). 1230934 Ontario Limited, the company that owned the property, was convicted of one violation under the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) and one violation under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA), fined $15,000 plus a victim fine surcharge (VFS) of $3,750. Waste Wood Disposal Ltd., the company that operated the facility, was convicted of one violation under the OWRA and three violations under the EPA, fined $37,000 plus a VFS of $9,250.

A detailed list of convictions against the company are as follows:

  • Failing to have a licensed waste hauler remove all of the leachate material from an on-site pumphouse.
  • Failing to cease permitting, causing or arranging for the deposit of waste upon service of the ministry Order.
  • Failing to comply with a ministry Order and the conditions of a ministry approval by:
  • Failing to have a licensed waste hauler remove all of the leachate material from an on-site pumphouse
  • Failing to submit to the ministry a detailed abatement plan
  • Failing to ensure the maximum amount of waste stored on site did not exceed 75 tonnes
  • Failing to cease permitting, causing or arranging for the deposit of waste upon servic

Background

Waste Wood Disposal Ltd. operated a waste disposal transfer site in Dresden, Ontario. The site accepted, processed, and transferred non-hazardous solid waste from the industrial, commercial, institutional and municipal sectors.

In December 2019, the ministry was informed that greenhouse waste was being piled at the site and that liquid leachate was running off from this material. On various dates during December 2019 and January 2020, ministry staff inspected the site and observed large quantities of waste with pools of leachate at the sides and noted a strong rotting odour. Ministry staff also observed a well pumphouse in poor condition that was in close proximity to the waste. Dark liquid was pooled around the base of the pumphouse and there was black frothy liquid in the well pit.

In January 2020, ministry staff issued an Order to the companies requiring them to undertake the following:

  • Remove leachate from inside and around the on-site pumphouse,
  • Submit a detailed abatement plan to the ministry with proposed actions to deal with the discharge of odour from waste or leachate at the site.
  • Cease permitting, causing or arranging for the deposit of waste at the site.

None of the requirements in the ministry Order were met by the compliance deadlines. Further, based on aerial photography of the site taken in January 2020, it was determined that 8,613 tonnes of waste was present at the site, contrary to the terms of the ministry approval issued to Waste Wood Disposal Ltd., The ministry’s Environmental Investigations and Enforcement Branch investigated and laid charges which resulted in the convictions.

Source: Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks