Neighbors cry foul over soil yard smells

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  • Soil yard odors upset south-side neighbors

    Joel Medrano of Santa Fe composts food waste that was dropped off at Payne’s Organic Soil Yard earlier in the day Friday. Neighbors have complained recently about odors emanating from the soil yard. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

Posted: Monday, May 26, 2014 5:45 pm | Updated: 10:34 pm, Wed May 28, 2014.

Foul odors in the vicinity of Payne’s Organic Soil Yard have neighbors making a stink.

Area residents say the site at 6037 Agua Fría St. — which composts waste from local grocery stores and restaurants, as well as horse manure — has been putting off an increasingly bad smell.

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  • Rachel Cogent posted at 10:25 pm on Fri, May 30, 2014.

    Gnarlodious Posts: 24

    Seems like it should be fuel for a methane generator. That is basically what they are generating already, but the gas is escaping into the air.

  • Priscilla Roybal posted at 6:14 am on Tue, May 27, 2014.

    plr Posts: 1

    Residing upwind (predominating north-east) mostly spares us form the lingering foul disgusting odor associated with the soil farming business. On calm windless early morning or late evenings the foul smell from recently delivered manure is over bearing and requires altering or curtailing any outdoor activities and seek relief by praying for a north-east breeze.
    The abundant supply of waist food produce for composing attracts, all kinds of hungry creatures, rodents, pigeons, ravens and tons of nickel size flies. Noisy pigeons and ravens, perch on power lines and trees and soil all things below, rodents tunnel and destroy any and all garden plants and fruit trees. We all know the hazards associated with a single flies, now multiple this by thousands. A huge problem!!!
    The New Mexico Environment Department’s Solid Waste Bureau and SF county zoning have allowed for this type of business to be established and exist within a planed and approved designate huge housing areas both single family and apartment complexes. Now their knee jerk reaction is to have the business owner fix the problem created or overlooked by the governing entities.


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