A controversial – and highly odorous – composting facility in Richmond has run afoul of the city council.
You may remember back in November when we spoke with area residents who described smells coming from the Harvest Power facility as “putrid, acidic, sour, nostril-burning, noxious, rancid, flatulence.”
Now, the city is clamping down.
LISTEN: Richmond Mayor Malcom Brodie on the Harvest Power odours.
Richmond Mayor Malcom Brodie says the city has now sent a notice of default to the company, over its failure to control smells coming from the facility.
Brodie admits composting is a necessity, with Metro Vancouver municipalities required to divert food waste from landfills.
But he says the situation was getting out of hand.
“The smell was almost constant, and it was overpowering,” he says.
Brodie says back in the fall, the company was given 90 days to get the smell under control and while complaints have dipped significantly, they haven’t fallen far enough.
The company now has 30 days to comply, and Brodie says he expects them to follow through – or see their contract terminated.
“We’re going to do what we can, we expect Metro Vancouver to monitor the odours, and if there’s excessive odours at any time, we expect them to do what they have to do and shut them down under the permit.”
As for whether the problem is truly solved, Brodie says the city may have to wait until the summer when the weather gets hot to know if the awful aromas have been eliminated.