The City of Guelph has pled guilty to releasing odors from its composting plant in 2005 and must pay a $40,000 fine. Other related charges against the city and against former plant manager Cathy Smith employee have been dropped. The plea and fine relate to charges laid in the summer of 2006 by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment after the plant had closed. The province and city and the province presented a joint statement of facts to the court on November 22.
The case relates to a series of complaints from residents around the area of the organics processing facility on Stone Road in Guelph, particularly complaints on 27 days between January and October 2005, according to the statement. A committee for the city is in the process of choosing a new composting technology, likely to be put in place at the site of the existing mothballed plant.