After more than five years of stalled progress, Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship has issued an environmental protection order against a Winnipeg-based commercial composting facility unable to control the odour of its waste decomposition.
In 2012, Samborski Environmental Ltd. was orderd to divert all incoming material to a licensed facility near Winkler, after the province received some 400 odour complaints.
But the province says there are still odours coming from the site off McGillivary, where the company operates a garden supply and commercial composting site near McGillivary Boulevard in the Rural Municipality of Macdonald.
Plans to relocate the composting facility have yet to formulate.
The order requires Samborski Environmental to cease and desist receiving any further material at the facility within 30 days and remove all compost from the facility within 30 days. If the order is not adhered to, officials from the province will step in and remove the compost from the site to ensure the environmental impacts are properly managed.
In late 2011, a facilitator was appointed by the province to help Samborski Environmental wind down composting operations at its current location and move to a more suitable location elsewhere. These efforts were unsuccessful. In July 2012, the province advised it would enforce an environmental protection order.