The Oregonian is reporting that neighbors of the Grimm’s Fuel Company composting facility in Tualatin, Oregon, are raising concerns about its possible expansion into composting. The facility is hoping to be able to compost residential food waste if a curbside pickup program is implemented. However, some residents fear the additional odor problems that would create, especially in light of potential composting of meat and dairy scraps. Already residents complain of odors that cause them to keep their windows shut and prevent their children from playing outside. Since 2011, the Department of Environmental Quality has received 45 odor complaints regarding the Tualatin facility itself. According to the Oregonian, the owner of the facility, Jeff Grimm, says “It’s a misnomer to think you can compost without odor.”
I do not currently represent anyone at this site, however I have represented over a thousand similarly situated people around the country in various odor nuisance cases. If you have lost the use and enjoyment of your property because of continuing off-site odors from a commercial source, contact environmental attorney Zak Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if we can help.