Kingston Council calls for stronger enforcement of odour-generating waste industry
8 January 2018
Kingston Council is calling for stronger monitoring and enforcement of waste industry operators to ensure Clarinda residents are not subjected to foul odours.
Kingston Mayor Steve Staikos said that the local community had raised concerns about odours in the area over many years.
“I am keen to see positive action taken on this issue and will make it a key priority of my Mayoral term,” Cr Staikos said.
“I’ve written to the EPA calling for this issue to be treated as a top priority with increased inspections to ensure waste operators are meeting their obligations.”
Late last year Kingston Council issued a Planning Contravention Notice against operators of the Victory Road site regarding stockpiling of green waste material that we believe was resulting in odour issues in the area.
“While Council can play a role, the responsibility for odour lies with the EPA and their expert staff are well-placed to identify odour sources and ensure compliance is achieved,” Cr Staikos said.
“While residents experience odour issues throughout the year, there is greater impact during summer particularly in the evenings following the heat of the day and when the air is still.”
“We look forward to continuing to work closely with the EPA during the final stages of the waste industry in Kingston to ensure that issues of community concern are addressed and that the waste industry acts in accordance with the law.”