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Shakopee residents say organic compost facility stinks

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A Shakopee compost facility that's supposed to be good for the environment is causing some residents to say it downright stinks.

Many people living near the Organics Recycling Center in Shakopee, Minn. say the smell is so putrid, it's wrecking their summer, and the problem is amplified by the wind. Depending on which direction it blows, residents say the smell causes a major offensive inconvenience.

"It's unpleasant. I wouldn't choose to go eat my dinner next to a pile of garbage and that's sometimes what it seems like," Melissa Lane said, a resident and mother of two.

Lane lives mere blocks from the Shakopee - Mdewaketon Sioux's compost facility. She says since June 2011, when their organics recycling facility started operations, spending time outside in the summer can be a bother.

"Gross for the kids, it's gross for us, it's gross for the people we're entertaining for dinner," Lane said.

Her daughter Emily Lane says its smells like "cow poop."

Shakopee residents tell FOX 9 News while they've met with facility leaders in the recent past who say residents can send an email and their complaint will be logged and in 12 to 15 weeks they'll turn the compost and start a new batch.

"It's very distinct, it's pungent, and sour and really offensive. It's not pleasant at all," Christopher Straub said.

"They have their own guidelines that they're holding themselves to, so there's really no one policing them," Straub added.

"A 14-week turnaround for anything is kind of ridiculous," Ronnie Cooper said.

Sometimes the smell is so intolerable, Lane will call and complain. That's when she says a crew will come out to measure if the smell violates the facility's self-imposed guidelines.

"When they come out and when they take those measurements that's really well it didn't really show up on the nasal ranger, so it's within our guidelines and we're like, well it still smells so bad and that's really disheartening," Lane said.

It's not that these guys and gals are against the good the organics recycling facility is doing, It's just that they want to be able to enjoy the environment, just as much as they want to save it. However, no one is rushing to host a summer barbecue in the area.

FOX 9 reached out to a spokeswoman of the organics recycling facility who said they won't be able to answer any of my questions, until Monday.

Residents said the facility did offer not to turn compost on Fridays, so as to not get in the way of their weekend plans with this offensive smell. Plans are in motion to launch a facility website where residents can log their concerns, but the people who live there say they don't want the burden of this smell passed on to them, they just want it gone.

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