21 June 2018 by Elizabeth Slow

SEPA takes action over ‘offensive’ odours

Scottish regulator, SEPA, has issued an enforcement notice to GP Green Recycling Limited following complaints from members of the public about odours from its composting operations in Blantyre.

The Scottish organics recycler undertakes activities including the composting of commingled green and food waste arising from domestic sites at the Newhousemill Road site, near East Kilbride.

GP Green Recycling is sited on Newhouse Mill Road near Glasgow

According to SEPA – the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency – its officers carried out numerous odour assessments at the site. In April and May they found “offensive odours” from the composting site outside the site boundary and at housing areas in Hamilton and East Kilbride.

Notice

The enforcement notice requires the operator to undertake a comprehensive review and report this to SEPA. The company must then take remedial actions to ensure the site is compliant with its licence and that all emissions from the site are free from offensive odour by 20 July 2018, SEPA said.

The operator is being cooperative and has already committed to taking actions required by the enforcement notice, SEPA reports.

Commenting on the enforcement action, Terry A’Hearn, SEPA’s chief executive, said: “SEPA officers have attended the GP Green Recycling site and the surrounding area on a number of occasions to carry out odour assessments in response to complaints from the public.

“We recognise that the site provides an important green recycling service but we will not tolerate the unacceptable impact it is having on local

communities in the surrounding area.”


Terry A’Hearn
SEPA

“We recognise that the site provides an important green recycling service but we will not tolerate the unacceptable impact it is having on local communities in the surrounding area. The improvements required should alleviate the odours from the site, but we will not hesitate to take further action if this does not resolve the odour issues.

“We would advise members of the public to contact our 24-hour Pollution Hotline on 0800 807060 when they are affected by odours and SEPA will investigate.”

GP Green Recycling

Founded in 2003, GP Green Recycling operates an in-vessel composting system (IVC) for combined food and garden waste, along with a green waste only recycling process at the Blantyre site.

The company holds contracts with a number of local authorities, including South Lanarkshire and Stirling councils.

A comment has been requested from GP Green Recycling.

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