Kicking up a stink at odour meeting

WHAT is reasonable in terms of smells emanating from a waste management centre?

An odour issues meeting at the Englands Road Resource Recovery Park yesterday saw neighbours becoming heated about what they see as unsatisfactory progress on the problem of smells coming from the facility.

Coffs Harbour City Council executive manager of strategy and sustainable planning, Jeff Green, says he does not believe residents were ever promised that there would be no smells from waste processing when the recovery process was fully operational.

Residents, however, say they were promised just that by both Coffs Harbour City Council and Biomass Solutions.

Biomass Solutions Coffs Harbour manager Lee Beckett is adamant he made no such promise at any stage, saying it was not feasible.

Mr Green said their current investigations were about what was possible in terms of what they had said to the community and what were their undertakings to the Department of Environment and Climate Change.

With a number of different operators conducting various processing tasks, including recycling, truck washing, opening and compaction of landfill, composting, screening and autoclaving, there is considerable doubt about what smell is coming from where.

During Thursday's meeting neighbour Zeno Baston handed over a petition with 500 signatures to Mr Green, calling for the council to restore the quality of life to Boambee area residents, workers and businesses and to reduce the unpleasant odours affecting them.

The meeting was attended by four neighbours of the waste management centre and representatives from Coffs Harbour City Council, Biomass Solutions and Handybin.

The council's director of land use, health and development, Mark Salter, Jeff Green and Biomass director Paul Coffey struggled to convince residents that action was being taken.

Sydney firms Holmes Air Sciences and Stephenson Environmental are currently measuring and analysing odour samples from the site.

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