Green for Life Environmental – Enviro-Smart Organics

Updates

On September 27, 2018, the City of Delta held a Public Information Meeting regarding the GFL Enviro-Smart composting facility. A series of information display boards were featured at the meeting to provide background on the GFL Enviro-Smart facility. As well, Delta staff presented information and answered questions from the public to help clarify key facts and issues raised by residents. View the information display boards.

At the September 17, 2018 Regular Meeting, Council endorsed a staff update in the appeal of the Green for Life (GFL) Enviro-Smart Air Quality Permit. Specifically, Council supports Delta participating as a Third Party in the appeal of GFL’s Air Quality Permit. Third Party status will allow the city to make submissions to the Environmental Appeal Board to work towards a resolution to GFL’s odour issues that addresses residents’ concerns and includes stringent, fair and enforceable conditions to ensure these odour issues are resolved. It is anticipated that the earliest an oral hearing for the appeals will be scheduled is likely the first quarter of 2019. View the staff report.

Overview

The Green for Life (Enviro-Smart) composting facility located at 4295 72nd Street in Ladner operates under a Metro Vancouver site licence and a BC Ministry of Environment permit. The odour currently generated from this facility is unacceptable and clearly impacting a number of residents that live in Ladner.

At the August 13, 2018 Regular Meeting, Council endorsed recommendations in response to the recently issued Metro Vancouver Air Quality Permit to Green For Life Environmental (GFL) Enviro-Smart composting facility in Ladner. As part of the issuance of a Metro Vancouver Air Quality Permit, GFL must fully enclose their composting facility and treat air through a bio-filter by March 1, 2020. View the staff report and conditions associated with the Metro Vancouver Air Quality Permit.

Also at this meeting, Delta Council received a presentation from Fraser Health Medical Health Officer, Dr. Michael Schwandt, and Human Health Risk Assessment Specialist, Dr. Goran Krstic, regarding the Health Authority’s investigation into the potential for adverse human health effects from odours at the GFL composting facility. View the response letter and key findings from Fraser Health.

Contact

Metro Vancouver Air Quality Complaints line: 604-436-6777

Metro Vancouver Online Air Quality Complaint Form

For any questions related to Delta’s involvement, please contact:

Sean McGill, Director of Corporate Services
t: 604-946-3218
e: smcgill@delta.ca

Mike Brotherston, Manager of Climate Action and Environment
t: 604-946-3281
e: mbrotherston@delta.ca

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