In response to more than 1,200 odor complaints, the City of Richmond, BC, has decided to stop sending its organic waste to the city’s current composting and biofuel facility owned by Harvest Power. Beginning January 1, 2017, the city will send its organic waste to other facility, which has yet to be named.
To assist Harvest Power with its challenges, Metro Vancouver has helped the company divert 40,000 tonnes of organic waste from its facility to Enviro-Smart Organics in Delta, BC. This effort provides short-term relief to the odor issue until a new facility is selected.
The Vancouver Sun has more details:
“While we understand what the city has done and why they’ve done it, we’re a bit disappointed with it,” said Stephen Bruyneel, spokesman for Harvest Power. “At the same time we understand why they did it and we’re looking forward to working with them over the weeks to come.”
The composting and biofuel facility that Harvest Power runs on York Road receives most of Metro Vancouver’s green waste — 225,000 tonnes a year — and has been the subject of more than 1,200 odour complaints over the past year.
On Monday, the City of Richmond announced that on Jan. 1 it will divert all organic waste from its multi-family program to another facility.