British Columbia

Richmond asks public to help end organics odour problem

Officials with Harvest Power's composting facility says the company will comply with new odour control measures, but the City of Richmond is asking the public to call them out if they don't.

Richmond asking residents to call Metro Vancouver if stench from composting facility continues

Harvest Power location in Richmond accepts yard trimmings, paper products and food waste to turn into compost. (CBC)

The City of Richmond says it has had enough when it comes to dealing with odour from Harvest Power's composting facility in east Richmond.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie said the city has been dealing with stench from the plant for about a decade.

"It is a strong smell and it is a sour type of smell," said Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie. "Once you smell it, it's unmistakable." 

The facility processes organic waste from around the Lower Mainland, turning it into mulch and compost.

Metro Vancouver recently renewed the company's air quality permit — with new measures for odour control. The permit extends the company's operations through April of 2018.

For its part, Harvest Power says it will comply with the new rules and has promised to make investments to reduce the smell coming from the plant.

​But the city is asking the public to make sure Harvest Power keeps its promise.

Brodie is asking residents to call Metro Vancouver's odour complaint hotline if they continue to smell the odour.

"One of the provisions is that starting in January, if there are successive complaints on four consecutive days then Harvest power has to stop taking product into the facility," said Brodie.

"So that is going to be major factor in terms of what it can do if it doesn't get its act together by that time."

Brodie says you can find the complaint hotline on the City of Richmond's website.


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