A British Columbia-based composter is headed to court after failing to address complaints of strong odours emanating from its Central Saanich-area farming facility.
The Capital Regional District suspended the operating licence for Foundation Organics Ltd. after no progress had been made to resolve the odours.
Now, Foundation Organics Ltd. is fighting the suspension in a British Columbia Supreme Court.
It’s the second case in Canada over summer 2013 in which a composting company has been temporarily shut down over complaints of odor. In August 2013, a Winnipeg composter was ordered to shut down after failing to fix its odour issues.
In a bulletin on its website, the Capital Regional District says it issued several warning notices to Foundation Organics Ltd. prior to the licence suspension under bylaw 2736.
Bylaw 2736 regulates the operation of composting facilities in the region, ensuring that the facilities do not contaminate ground or surface water, or generate unacceptable levels of odour, insects, litter or dust.
After an August 16, 2013 hearing on the issue, the district also found Foundation Organics Ltd. in violation of its recycler licence.
The Capital Regional District’s licence suspension order states that “the facility will still be allowed to continue receiving and processing materials other than food wastes and to process those materials that are currently present on site, but will be required to address the bylaw violations in order to have the suspension lifted and prior to again receiving food waste materials.”
In the case of the Winnipeg composter, Samborski Environmental Ltd., the company has had difficulty finding a new location for its facility. The company’s issues with the Manitoba government have dragged on for more than five years.