Johnvince hosted our first SIG of the year sharing Best Practices on Industrial Waste Water Control: City By-Laws & Enforcements - Working with the City.
Industrial Waste Control: Toronto was the first Canadian Municipality to implement a Pollution Preventions reporting program under a Sewers By-law. Businesses must review processes and identify and reduce any of the 39 subject pollutants detected in their effluent. Failure to comply with the bylaw can result in fines up to $100,000 per DAY!
Toronto is not the only municipality…Halton has a similarly onerous bylaw and York Implemented stricter limits, increasing the maximum penalty from $1000 per day to $100,000 as of June 28th, 2016.
Johnvince is a dry plant; waste water being routed to the sewer system was from equipment wash-up and personal usage by the 800 staff. This is part of the problem, with little waste water, the food grease is concentrated.
Initial steps taken were to:
- Hire a Master Plumber to look at grease traps, recommend changes and complete flow calculations and tests
- Clean out all the pipes (build up would intermittently break loose, causing a spike in concentration)
- Dye test to verify drainage from all areas of the plant
- Re-route pipes to ensure all waste water went through grease traps (including hand sinks, wash-up areas)
Even after these steps, it was not possible to meet the constraints of the By-Law, further fines were levied.
We had a great discussion about the requests from the City, actions taken and results achieved. Due to the work done, many charges were dropped and the remaining fine reduced. Below is a list of recommendations to adhere to for a successful outcome!
- Always have your lawyer hire the consultant
- Ensure your lawyer is copied on all correspondence with consultant
- Your lawyer will bill you for the consultant’s work – but ensure you see visibility with all charges
- All reports should be sent to you via your lawyer after receipt from the consultant
- All correspondence with the City should go through your lawyer
Thank you very much to our host, Johnvince Foods. Copies of the presentation and handout are available at MemberFiles, or if you would like more information on attending Strategic Interest Group events in this consortium visit https://www.emccanada.org/membersarea/gta