NEW YORK (AP) — After getting complaints for years, New York City says it will cancel a $34-million-a-year contract with a smelly sewage sludge processing plant in the Bronx.
Residents of the borough’s Hunts Point section have had to live for years with a wretched stench from the New York Organic Fertilizer Company.
The Bronx facility takes in sludge from 14 city sewage plants and turns it into fertilizer.
New York’s environmental protection commissioner says the city could save $18 million a year by sending the sludge to landfills rather than having it recycled.
Bronx leaders are celebrating the change.
Officials at the plant’s parent company, Synagro, say they still hope to save the contract.
They say a plan is in the works to make the plant less stinky.