Compost Facility Sees Positive Changes

By Carolyn Goard – Thorold News

Walkers Environmental Group has seen positive changes to its organic waste composting site.

Mike Watt, Vice President of Walkers Environmental Group provided Thorold council with an update of its compositing facility improvements, on Tuesday, April 19.

In 2009, the 1200-acre Thorold composting site received several public complaints from the waste’s odour. “We had a fairly upset community.”

Watt said they have seen a steady tail-off of complaints in the last three months.
“The purpose of my visit to council was to say we are doing a lot better and we are not complacent.”

Watt said his staff is focused on getting fewer odour complaints and is constantly developing ways to become more aware of the community’s concerns.

Compost Facility Sees Positive Changes“We want to make our composting site something the community is happy with.”
One solution Watt identified was odour caused by irregular wind patterns. “We have paid close attention to the wind direction in the last five years.”

Watt said when the wind is blowing in a specific direction they no longer move waste material.

Walkers Environmental Group now has a weather station to identify weather perametres.
If the weather station identifies an irregular wind, the workers on site receive an immediate notification to shut the facility down.

The facility is also performing after-hours odour patrolling. Watt said they have also seen remarkable changes in odour with the reduction of grass compost.

Watt provided council with a series of recent facility photographs, including an aerial photo of the site, a photo of regional collection vehicles and a photo from inside the organics receiving facility.

To conclude his presentation, Watt extended an open invitation for council to visit the compost facility.

“We are doing a lot better and we have put a lot of work into developing links and relationships with the people of the community,” Watt said.

Walkers Environmental Group is cautious and working to avoid future odour conflicts within the community.