Nova Scotia

Smelly compost facility bothers neighbours

There's a terrible smell in Sydney, coming from the regional composting facility near Grand Lake Road.

There's a terrible smell in Sydney, coming from the regional composting facility near Grand Lake Road.

The municipality thinks it's found a way to get rid of the smell, but people living nearby say they're fed up.

Rina Boudreau lives on Young Street, just behind the plant.

"We have two small children in our residence and they're unable to be outside when it hits," Boudreau said. "It's putrid."

Gerry Cormier also lives in the neighbourhood. He said the smell is giving his family many sleepless nights.

"At 3:30 in the morning I woke up [and] my bedroom smelled like a sewer hole," Cormier said. "I had to get up and close all the windows in the house."

Francis Campbell, the solid waste manager for Cape Breton Regional Municipality, said the smell is coming from leftover waste material that fails to completely breakdown in the composting process.

He said the municipality is going to change the way the material is stored and disposed of so the smell doesn't get into the air.

"We're going to cover that pile with foam until we get it off site and we're going to change the way that we deal with the [left]overs," Campbell said. "In the process, we're going to keep them in a controlled environment."

Campbell said in the long term they're also going to make changes to the storage building so nothing gets blown around.

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