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Langley Township council wants to talk compost

A proposal to build a composting facility on this 12.32 hectare property at 25330 88 Ave. is generating controversy. - Dan Ferguson/Langley Times
A proposal to build a composting facility on this 12.32 hectare property at 25330 88 Ave. is generating controversy.
— image credit: Dan Ferguson/Langley Times

Langley Township council has unanimously backed a call by Councillor Charlie Fox to have the people behind a proposed composting plant explain themselves.

The Glenval Organics Ltd. application to locate the plant on a 12.32 hectare property at 25330 88 Ave. has drawn complaints from area residents who say the plant will stink, increase traffic and drive down property values.

Fox said there hasn’t been enough public consultation, adding he wrote Metro Vancouver about the proposal on Dec. 20 and has yet to hear back from them.

“It demonstrates a certain disregard for the Township of Langley,” Fox said.

His motion, backed by all council members present Monday,calls for a “senior member” of Glenval Organics to come to council to make a presentation about the details of the proposed plant and for the Metro Vancouver manager of solid waste and recycling to also come to council to make a presentation about “the process to monitor and enforce compliance with Metro Vancouver regulations.”

Fox said that a one-on-one meeting staged by Glenval is the best way for council to get the information it needs about the impact of the project on traffic and air quality.

“We need to have some clear, actual interaction,” Fox said.

“We’re not going to get that in a highly charged public meeting.”

Glenval promises the facility will not smell bad because it will only use yard waste, but Councillor Kim Richter wondered how Glenval can guarantee only green waste will be used when current garbage collection practice is to mix it in with other waste like meat scraps, which does smell.

“It’s sad that Metro Vancouver doesn’t think we’re good enough for a university district, but we’re good enough to take their garbage,” Richter said.

“This whole composting facility has come from left field.”

She said there are other sites that would be better choices for a composting plant, like near an existing waste transfer facility.

Glenval Organics has described the 88 Avenue site as a “former fill and gravel pit” that is properly zoned for composting.

The company issued a press release last month saying it intends to become the first yard waste compost facility in the Metro Vancouver region to receive an air quality permit and promised the plant will “meet or exceed all environmental regulations that apply to the composting industry.”

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