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Richmond smell petition pushes for change

Last Updated Oct 27, 2016 at 7:13 am PDT

(Courtesy www.change.org)

A stink wafting over Richmond is being described as a mushroom, garbage and turkey manure odour

Depending on the weather, a composting company is upwind, giving a smell Richmond residents don't want to put up with

RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) — You may have smelled something similar driving by farmland at certain times of the year; a couple hundred people are not happy about the odour wafting over Richmond.

Arnold Shuchat, the creator of a change.org petition titled Stop the Stink in Richmond!, says the smell he likens to turkey manure, isn’t just there every once in a while.

“It’s every night, and it has that mushroom garbage smell, and it’s night after night, and you wonder what’s going on.”

The pungent smell comes from a large composting company, Harvest Power, which recycles food scraps and yard debris into usable material.

Shuchat says he is concerned the smell is affecting property values and quality of life.

“It’s only going to get worse as more and more garbage is burnt.”

He is hoping the petition will act as a gauge of public opinion and put pressure on the composting company to make changes.

There has been some concern from locals that the smell could be damaging to health but Vancouver Coastal Health says the odour has not been a serious health issue.

Harvest Fraser Richmond says it strives to operate its facility while being a good neighbour and it is taking steps to fix the problem.