Sharpness composting facility given clean bill of health by Environment agency
6:30am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
PROBLEMS of fly infestations and foul odours emanating from a composting facility in Sharpness are a thing of the past according to two separate bodies – but some resident s are convinced the nuisances still remain.
Both the Environment Agency (EA) and the environmental health department of Stroud District Council have given New Earth Solutions (NES), who runs the facility next to the marina, a clean bill of health after noting a sharp decline in recorded incidents of bad smells and insects.
The facility closed twice in six months in 2011 after complaints from neighbours.
Now the company seems to have turned the corner after deciding to only process “bio-fines”, rather than organic waste and treating incoming waste with insecticide.
At a meeting of stakeholder groups at Sharpness Docker's Club on Wednesday, October 15, the EA revealed the results of its report on the use of fly traps stationed inside and outside the composting facility.
Over nine weeks, ending on Saturday, October 12, 1,272 flys were caught in the traps, of which 97.5 per cent were found inside the building. None were caught on the two traps on the Sharpness Marina.
It also showed the bio-filter at the plant to be 98 per cent efficient at removing odours.
Stroud District Cllr Liz Ashton (Berkeley, Labour), who was the meeting’s chairman, said the report “totally vindicated” the NES.
“All of the objective tests show that the smells are not offensive,” she said.
“Everyone would agree that we are all subjected to whiffs from the countryside. That’s just life. I think we will have to accept the situation as it is at the moment.”
Cllr Ashton added that residents should contact the EA immediately if they detect any foul smells or flys.
Co-owner of Sharpness Marina Brian Williams agreed that it had not been as bad it was, but it still wasn’t good enough for many who use boats in the marina.
“We’re all talking like everything is fine but it isn’t,” he said at the meeting.
“The factory is never going to be a success in my view. In my mind the number of flys some mornings is outrageous.
“I do not think people should have to put up with that for somebody to run a factory. You (the Environment Agency) think it’s reasonable because you don’t live here.”
Operations director for NES, Peter Mills, said the plant, which employs 18 people, had their own in-house odour sampling system, which also showed a high efficiency rating for removing odours.
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