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Lytton-area compost operation generates odours and lawsuits

In a Fraser Canyon community where people are nervous to speak their mind, Lytton Mayor Jessoa Lightfoot chooses her words carefully.

She won’t directly say that a controversial organic compost operation — nominated for a Small Business BC Award — is bad for business but fears it could be in conflict with the village’s message to tourists.

Organic Waste Dump Slated for Botanie Valley Raises Concern

Metro Vancouver's "Zero Waste" plan may divert food scraps into rural BC

A proposed composting facility just north of Lytton has raised concern among residents, who say that, if built, the organic waste dump would threaten sensitive ecosystems and a rural way of life.

Residents of the Botanie Valley speculate that Northwest Organics is positioning itself to take advantage of Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Initiative, which calls for diversion of up 70 per cent of the region’s waste away from landfills by 2015.