Garbage firm Super Save fined for having no licence
One of the province’s largest disposal firms was busted a second time for operating a garbage transfer station without a licence. (PHOTO COURTESY OF METRO VANCOUVER)
One of B.C.’s top-earning companies has again been fined for illegally operating a garbage transfer station that government says sidesteps recycling regulations.
Super Save Disposal Inc. was fined $70,000 by the courts in 2005 for operating without a permit in Surrey.
Earlier this month, it was fined $145,000 for the same offence at a different Surrey location.
A call to Super Save for comment was not returned by press time.
According to an agreed statement of facts, the Super Save Group — parent of the disposal arm — was ranked 77th out of the top revenue-generating companies in B.C. in 2012, and is the fourth-largest commercial waste disposal operator in the province.
In both cases, Metro Vancouver regional district had identified and warned the company that its transfer stations — which are delivery points for garbage sorting or compacting — was not licensed, according to the provincial court.
In the end of each case, the company decided to shut down the operation instead of applying for the proper regulation — which would have included a number of associated application, administration and disposal fees.
Surrey Coun. Barinder Rasode said Super Save sets a “bad example for others” that follow the rules.
“I would need to ask Super Save, why is it that they feel like they’re not able to adhere to the regulations set out and enforced by Metro Vancouver?” she said.
According to the court, in the 2005 instance Super Save waited six months after it was told of the regulatory breach before closing shop.
The sentencing judge said the company “concluded that properly regulated activity at the site would not be profitable.”
In the most recent case, the 19395 Langley Bypass site continued operating until August 2013, according to the statement of facts, despite being told of the violation in February 2012.
According to Rasode, Surrey has also filed charges against Super Save for allegedly “ignoring zoning requirements” for a recycling depot at 19388 - 92nd Ave., despite repeated city notices.
The city’s regulations, she indicated, requires recycling depots to be inside a building, but the property at 92nd Avenue is a vacant site.