- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware’s environmental secretary has ordered the closing of a Wilmington composting operation that generated repeated complaints about odors from area residents.

Environmental secretary David Small signed an order this week requiring Peninsula Compost Company to immediately stop accepting any material at the facility and to begin steps to implement an orderly shutdown. The order requires that all composting of existing material onsite be completed by Jan. 16, and that all compost and related waste be removed by March 31.

Officials say the organic recycling center has placed an undue burden on the quality of life of area residents because of its inability to control odors.

The facility opened in 2009 with a permit allowing it to turn hatchery waste, food waste, yard waste, wood waste, and animal bedding into compost.

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