Victoria, BC - After a formal appeal hearing, the Capital Regional District has upheld the licence suspension issued to Stanhope Dairy Farm and applicable to the Foundation Organics Ltd. composting facility on Old East Road. The suspension was issued as a result of bylaw non-compliance, including issues with volumes of materials and facility operating conditions, resulting in anaerobic composting conditions, immature compost and significant odours. The facility has been directed to remove all existing compost from within their compost building and direct the material to alternative facilities or to the landfill by October 25, 2013. The facility has also been directed to submit and have approved a revised Recycler Licence before resuming their operation. -30-
In August 2013, the license was conditionally suspended, due to the issuance of a number of warning notices. The effect of the conditional suspension was the cessation of food waste materials being received by the Foundation Organics facility. At that time, the CRD conducted a hearing with the facility operator and after careful consideration of all parties concerns and views, it was determined that the Foundation Organics facility was non-compliant with Bylaw 2736 and terms of its Recycler Licence.
In 2004, the Capital Regional District developed the Composting Facilities Regulation Bylaw (Bylaw 2736) to regulate the operation of composting facilities in the region. The purposes of licensing composting facilities include ensuring that the facilities do not contaminate ground or surface water, or generate unacceptable levels of nuisance odour, vectors, litter or dust. In addition to complying with CRD Bylaw 2736, composting facilities must also comply with the BC Organic Matter Recycling Regulation, BC Agriculture Waste Control Regulation, the host municipality’s bylaws, Workers’ Compensation Board regulations and other applicable regulations.
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