Ecotrope and Resource Recycling are reporting that noxious off-site odors coming from the Nature's Needs facility in North Plains, Oregon are affecting residents in the Portland metropolitan area. Washington County officials have ordered Nature's Needs, owned and operated by Recology Oregon Recovery, to no longer accept commercial food scraps as of April 1. Residents have complained and organized Stop the Stink.

The Nature's Needs facility is the only facility in the area that accepts commercial food scraps, so the question is where will that waste go. One of the facilities being considered is the Cedar Grove facilities in the Seattle, Washington metropolitan area, but they have their own odor problems. In fact, last week, along with a team of lawyers across the country, we filed a suit against Cedar Grove in King County and Snohomish County, Washington, regarding their facilities in Maple Valley and Everett, on behalf of residents living near those facilities who have been experiencing noxious off-site odors.