Friday, June 19, 2009

Residents Upset By Smell Of Mulch-Making

When she was a child, it was Mary D'Angelo's job to turn over the compost piles on her grandfather's apple farm in Gibsonia. "My grandfather was a pioneer in composting," she said. "Although it was quite hot, there was never a smell like this."

"This" was a pungent odor hanging in the air throughout a large cleared space in Mt. Lebanon's Robb Hollow Park. The municipality takes leaves and other organic yard debris from several communities and, twice a year, grinds it into tiny pieces. These pieces end up piled into large pyramids of decaying compost that will be bagged and sold later at the Mt. Lebanon golf course.

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