Odour expert called to check on tip

COFFS Harbour City Council may have called in the big guns to battle nasty tip smells, but Zeno Baston remains very sceptical.

Dr Kerry Holmes, from Sydney firm Holmes Air Sciences will visit the Englands Road Resource Recovery Park this week to investigate the odours and ways to reduce them.

Mr Baston and other Boambee residents have long complained about the foul smells coming from the facility, where Biomass Solutions operates the waste processing plant.

"The council has had years of planning and spent a lot of money on studies, and now they're starting from scratch again," Mr Baston said.

"None of the plans have actually worked. It's annoying. I don't want any odours there at all - that's what they promised."

Earlier this month, the mayor, Cr Keith Rhoades, told council general manager Stephen Sawtell to fix the problem.

Dr Holmes will work with Biomass Solution's odour consultant and the pair will then meet with the Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) to finalise recommendations on effective odour control measures.

Mr Sawtell said the council was making 'every effort to sort out the odour issues'.

"I am advised that DECC has issued Biomass Solutions with a penalty notice for non-compliance with their licence odour emission requirements. DECC has also issued formal directions to the company to take certain steps to reduce odour emissions," he said.

"Council is also tackling the odours identified as coming from the landfill site. Since May 2, the active landfill disposal area has been completely covered with soil at the end of each day rather than the canvas 'enviro cover'.

"Although this has significantly increased operating costs, it will help reduce odours from the landfill until long-term solutions - such as capturing the landfill gas for use as a power source - are pursued. Management practices at the tip face have also been modified to reduce odour emissions."

Mr Sawtell said ongoing meetings with residents and the working parties set up to deal with the issue would continue.

"Biomass Solutions has already instigated a range of measures to deal with the odour problems at its plant.

"These include fitting remote control doors on the facility to ensure they remain closed except for the passage of garbage vehicles, no stockpiling of un-composted biomass material outside the building, aeration of the site containment dam as well as modifications within the plant to mitigate the release of odours during the processing," he said.

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