Rubidium Environmental has serviced many Clients within the Plastics Manufacturing Industry in Ontario, specifically relating to Environmental Compliance and Environmental Approvals. The plastics manufacturing industry faces many challenges relating to Environmental Compliance within Ontario. The Environmental Protection Act requires that an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA), or Environmental Activity Sector Registry (EASR) be completed to assess any discharges into the air, water, or soil. Further, municipal Sewer By-laws may require a sampling and analysis program to be developed, and water treatment systems. Rubidium brings years of experience to the realm of Environmental Approvals specifically to the Plastics Manufacturing industry in Ontario.
Although the processes at a plastics manufacturing facility range, common processes that result in air emissions include:
- Injection Moulding
- Blow Moulding
- Corona Treatment
- Resin Loading
- Centrifugal Casting
- Pneumatic Conveyance
- HVAC Equipment
Rubidium’s team of Environmental Consultants work closely with Plastic Manufacturers to understand the processes at the facility, quantifying air emissions from any process, and identifying the parameters for air emissions modelling. Air dispersion models, such as the commonly used, MECP-approved software AERMOD, are model the dispersion of air emissions from the facility in accordance with Ontario Regulation 419/05. The results of the model are used in support of an Emissions Summary Dispersion Model (ESDM) Report to determine compliance with regulatory limits for each contaminant emitted from the facility. In scenarios that the facility does not achieve compliance, pollution control strategies may be warranted.
Plastic Manufacturing facilities that require an assessment of air emissions also require an assessment of noise emissions, in accordance with Ontario Regulation 419/05. Rubidium’s team works with the Client to determine the most efficient, cost-effective process of assessing compliance, such as Primary or Secondary Noise Screening, or an Acoustic Assessment Report (AAR). While the Primary and Secondary Noise Screening Reports are an efficient way to confirm that noise emissions will not adversely impact nearby sensitive receptors, the Acoustic Assessment Report (AAR) involves measurement of noise emissions, and computer modelling to assess impacts at sensitive receptors, and for this reason, is much more complex. Noise emissions are measured from process equipment, or quantified from manufacturer’s information. The noise modelling software SoundPlan is used to determine the noise impact at nearby sensitive receptors, such as places of residence, worship, and schools. If the noise impacts at sensitive receptors are in excess of regulatory standards, noise abatement strategies are recommended based on the unique manufacturing environment of the facility.
Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) or Environmental Activity Sector Registry (EASR)
An Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) or Air Emissions Environmental Activity Sector Registry (EASR) are tools used to demonstrate compliance with Ontario Regulation 419/05 made under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA). The Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) is reviewed by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks (MECP) in consultation with the Client to determine compliance. Typically, plastic manufactures that register for an Environmental Compliance Approval for air and noise emissions pose a higher risk to the environment and human health than those that register for an Environmental Activity Sector Registry (EASR). The Air Emissions Environmental Activity Sector Registry (EASR) is not actively reviewed by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks (MECP), and is instead required to be stamped by a Licensed Engineering Practitioner (LEP). Rubidium’s team of Environmental Consultants include multiple Licensed Engineering Practitioners that have gained hundreds of Environmental Approvals for the plastics manufacturing industry.
Plastic Manufacturers typically emit contaminants to the air, and also emit noise, but do not emit significant amounts of contaminants to the soil or water. For this reason, environmental approvals such as an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) or Air Emissions Environmental Sector Registry (EASR) will only assess air and noise emissions. As described above, air and noise emissions are commonly assessed with an Emissions Summary and Dispersion Modelling (ESDM) Report, and Acoustic Assessment Report, receptively. These two reports are the main pieces of information used to determine compliance, included in the application to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks (MECP).
Municipal Sewer-Use Bylaws
Municipalities require that the effluent from plastics manufacturing facilities meet water quality standards. Rubidium’s team of Environmental Consultants are experienced in developing cost-effective sampling plans to assess compliance with Municipal Sewer-Use By-laws. Water quality parameters that present challenges to the plastics manufacturing include temperature and total suspended solids.
These sampling plans may be required on a one-time, semi-annual, or annual basis. Rubidium will collect the samples from the municipal sewer connection, and have the samples analyzed by an accredited laboratory. Reports are then prepared to demonstrate compliance, and submitted to the client and the Municipality, if required.
Plastics Manufacturing in Ontario
Plastics manufacturing has become a staple in Ontario’s innovative economy, and will grow into the future. Plastic materials technology has been advancing considerably with the automotive, medicine, electronics, transportation, aerospace, packaging, defence, and alternative energy sectors. While plastic products comprised less than 5% of Ontario’s exports in 2017, the plastics manufacturing industry supports Ontario’s main sectors of high tech, agriculture, aerospace, automotive manufacturing and food manufacturing. Rubidium has recognized that the plastic manufacturing industry is growing in Ontario, and has adapted to service the industry, training employees on the environmental risks posed by Plastics Manufacturing, and retaining experts in the Plastics Manufacturing field, to help get you Back to Business.