After 30,000 East Vancouver residents were hit by the stench of fish heads and entrails caused by a breakdown at a local rendering plant, the City of Vancouver will consider implementing an “odour emissions control” bylaw in the Fall.
According to an article in The National Post, the odour the East Van residents experienced was described as “hideous”, “revolting, and “a combination between vomit and diarrhea.” Sounds unpleasant to say the least.
However, the smell isn’t an entirely new problem. West Coast Reduction is the region’s primary animal waste processing facility. The plant has been emitting foul smells since it first opened in 1964.
While Ray Robb, Metro Vancouver’s manager of regulation and enforcement claims that “things have not gotten worse. It’s just that expectations have changed”, Vancouver residents are becoming progressively agitated by the smell.
As one home owner points out, “You spend $1 million on a house, you don’t want it to smell like fish”.
The odour bylaw would attempt to remedy these concerns. However, it is difficult to measure how bad something smells, which may make it difficult for Vancouver to get the bylaw approved.