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Dumping hundreds of used toilets in quarry nets Ottawa firm a $125,000 fine

An Ottawa waste company that dumped hundreds of used toilets in a former quarry has been fined $125,000.

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An Ottawa waste company that dumped hundreds of used toilets in a former quarry has been fined $125,000.

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment says an investigation showed Lacombe Waste Services was contracted to remove used toilets from a local hospital in a retrofit project.

The ministry says the company dumped two loads of approximately 500 used toilets in plastic bags between November 3, 2011, and March 15, 2012, on a property that was not an approved waste disposal site.

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Ministry spokeswoman Kate Jordan says the company needed to take them to a waste disposal site to be properly managed because they contained rubber, plastic seats, handles and other materials.

The ministry says a separate investigation found that Lacombe had also failed to properly decontaminate tankers used to transport various liquid wastes.

The company left a load of waste water to be contaminated by industrial fuels and oils, and the ministry requires tankers to be properly cleaned when hauling different types of waste.

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