Toxco Waste Management, which operates a hazardous materials recycling plant in the Waneta industrial park south of Trail, has been fined for exceeding its import permit in 2011.
A $17,500 fine was issued on Thursday after the company plead guilty in provincial court to importing 16,804 kilograms of waste lithium batteries, exceeding its permit of 10,000 kg by 68 per cent.
The fine will go to the Environmental Damages Fund, a fund administered by Environment Canada which directs money from fines, court orders and voluntary payments to projects that benefit Canada’s natural environment.
Toxco was fined for a similar infraction in 2005 when it plead guilty to the charge of importing hazardous waste without a permit for shipments of lithium batteries. At that time they paid a $1,000 fine and contributed $14,000 to the Environmental Damages Fund.
Toxco’s Trail operation recycles lithium ion and alkaline batteries and scrap from the production of these batteries turning them into materials that can be re-used in the production of other materials.
Calls to Toxco were not returned by press time.