GFL to share plans for East Ladner composting facility at public meeting

Green for Life Environmental (GFL) is hosting a long-awaited public meeting next Tuesday night to discuss plans for its Enviro-Smart composting facility in East Ladner.

The open house is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at the Coast Tsawwassen Inn.

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The public is invited to stop by anytime during the two-hour session to meet members of the GFL project team and learn more about plans to upgrade the 72nd Street facility, which has caused hundreds of complaints from residential neighbours due to an ongoing stench.

Jennifer Ahluwalia, vice-president of environmental responsibility and sustainability for GFL, said the company will share its conceptual design plans, including 3D renderings, of a proposed enclosed facility that’s expected to eliminate the odours.

“The public will get an opportunity to meet the design team – senior management and the core designers and consultants -- that are helping with the design and the plans that Metro [Vancouver] required as part of the permit,” Ahluwalia said.

Metro Vancouver issued the company an air quality permit in August that stipulates the composting operation must be fully enclosed by March 1, 2020.

Ahluwalia said she has already spoken with Delta, Metro and some residents on effective communication plans.

“Hopefully everyone comes prepared with some good ideas,” she said. “I think this is a great milestone, but there is a lot more information we want to share as things progress, so I really want to establish an efficient and effective way of keeping the dialogue with the community going.”

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