ONE of the largest commercial waste disposal companies in British Columbia must pay a $145,000 fine for operating an unlicensed waste handling facility.
Provincial Court Judge Gulbransen on January 16 ordered Super Save Disposal Inc. to pay the fine to the Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District – one of the legal entities that is part of Metro Vancouver – by October 13.
The Metro Vancouver Board has adopted aggressive recycling and waste diversion goals: a 70 per cent recycling rate by 2015 and an aspirational goal of 80 per cent recycling rate by 2020.
The B.C. Environmental Management Act empowers GVS&DD to make bylaws to regulate the management of municipal solid waste and recyclable materials. Under the Municipal Solid Waste and Recyclable Material Regulatory Bylaw, no person may own or operate in the Metro Vancouver region a facility that collects, transports, handles, processes, stores, treats, utilizes, or disposes of municipal solid waste or recyclable materials unless that person has, and strictly complies with, a licence.
Super Save Disposal Inc. – part of the Super Save Group of Companies – was charged with owning or operating a transfer station or a material recovery facility without a valid licence. Super Save Disposal Inc. continued to operate the facility for over 14 months, even after receiving multiple warnings from Metro Vancouver bylaw enforcement officers that a licence was required.
The Langley-based private company pleaded guilty to one charge under the bylaw. This is the second time Super Save Disposal Inc. has been convicted under the bylaw.
After Super Save Disposal Inc. entered a guilty plea, the company and Prosecutor submitted a statement of agreed facts and joint submission on sentencing to the court.
According to the statement of agreed facts, a Metro Vancouver bylaw enforcement officer conducted a number of site inspections, between February 3, 2012, and April 9, 2013, at a Super Save Disposal facility located at 19388 92nd Avenue in Surrey.
The enforcement officer observed numerous bins stored on the four-acre site – some containing household items, construction and demolition waste, as well as salvaged materials such as metals, wood, and tires. Concrete, granite and brick rubble were also being accumulated and applied to the ground at the Super Save facility. Photographs submitted as exhibits include photos of:
* The crushing of construction and demolition waste
* The accumulation of concrete rubble, tile, bricks and granite
* The separating out of scrap metal
* Concrete and granite rubble applied to the ground
* An excavator salvaging metal, with debris on the ground
* Bins with recyclable materials and demolition waste
* Bins with unwanted household items, recyclable materials and demolition waste
* Bins with salvaged wood and metal waste.
Metro Vancouver’s Environmental Regulation and Enforcement Division develops and implements bylaws, regulations and codes of practice related to discharges to the sanitary sewer from industrial, commercial and institutional sources, air emissions and management of privately owned solid waste facilities.
The division issues permits and licences, sets standards and promotes compliance. The division’s inspection, investigation and enforcement activities are integral to achieving the objectives of the management plans and Metro Vancouver’s public health and environmental goals.
For more information, read the Permits, Regulations and Enforcement pages of Metro Vancouver’s website, www.metrovancouver.org