Wilm. area residents deal with stench in the air

By Tom Lehman 10:16pm, April 25, 2014 - Updated 12:34pm, April 26, 2014
VIDEO: WDEL's Tom Lehman reports with footage from NBC 10.
People living in the Wilmington area sometimes have to deal with a foul smell in the air that environmental officials say is coming from a composting facility.

WDEL's Tom Lehman reports.

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Sometimes when the wind is blowing in a certain direction, the stink from the Wilmington organic recycling center is carried all the way into the city and even to the northern suburbs.

Pat Templeton of Edgemoor tells NBC 10 the stench can be overwhelming.

"If we're outside, we go in. We learned," she said.

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The plant takes food scraps from homes, restaurants and companies like Wawa to make compost for farms and gardens. The stench is a byproduct of that process.

DNREC has hit the facility with financial penalties and ordered the company to spend more money addressing odor control.

Company manager E. Andrew DiSabitino says they're already doing that but it's a work in progress.

DiSabitino says the the company can go for weeks without hearing complaints about the smell, but then major "stink bombs" emit a foul stench and phone calls to the facility's "odor line" begin rolling in.

"We work on it every single day, it's something we think about every single day," DiSabintino says.

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