Canadian company charged for hauling "bloody" waste to U.S.

| 10/3/2003

A Canadian trucking company has been charged with illegally transporting medical waste for dumping in a county landfill in Michigan, The Associated Press reports.

The news is likely to boost U.S. criticism of those who truck Canadian trash into Michigan. State and national legislative efforts have focused on limiting the volume of Canadian trash exported to the state.

Macomb County prosecutors filed charges against Milton, Ontario-based Garcha Transport Ltd. and two of its drivers. The company was the subject of a joint Department of Environmental Quality-U.S. Customs investigation into waste hauling across the Sarnia/Port Huron Blue Water Bridge.

The county's assistant prosecutor, Mark Richardson, told news agencies inspectors found numerous loose bags spilling out with syringes, bloody gauze, bloody medical gowns, IV tubing, bloody gloves and bloody bags.

The waste, which was being hauled to the Pine Tree Acres landfill near New Haven, MI, came from Toronto-area hospitals.

Michigan law requires medical waste to be in secure containers and that non-decontaminated medical waste be separated from other waste. Canadian trash accounts for about 40 percent of the waste at Pine Tree Acres.

Garcha Transport owner Paul Singh has been fined $1,000 for the misdemeanor charge.