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Composting Facility Riles Up Nearby Residents

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LAS VEGAS - Ken and Michele Stern bought their new home in Cactus Hills Estates two years ago. Soon after they moved in, their home wasn't so sweet anymore.

"It's almost as if, at times, we become prisoners in our own homes," Ken Stern said.

The Sterns say a nasty stench filling their neighborhood comes from A1 Organics, a composting facility roughly a quarter mile away. "All of a sudden, you go, what the heck is that? Oh my goodness, the smell, and you can't stay outdoors," Michele Stern said.

A1 Organics does green-waste and food-waste recycling for top-name casinos, restaurants and businesses. The company says it then produces high-end products like soils. But, that process still involves rotting food and liquid waste. Neighbors say they can hardly breathe.

"At times, it even smells like manure," Ken Stern said.

Executives from A1 Organics took a beating at a special meeting Thursday night that boiled over and, at times, lacked order. Fired-up residents gave the company an earful about the facility's foul smell. A1 Organics says it understands the neighbors' concerns and says it will move if it can.

"We want to be a good corporate neighbor," said A1 Organics President and CEO Charles Wilson. "As long as we can financially and logistically make the operation work at another facility outside of the valley, or somewhere outside of where we are at right now, I would be open to discussing that."

County Commissioner Steve Sisolak agrees with the riled-up residents. "I've been out there three times," he said. "I  smelled it three times. Twice, I smelled it on the road. Once, I smelled it inside." Commissioner Sisolak says he also noticed flies and rodents on the property.

The Sterns hope the unpleasant smell on their street is soon gone for good. "They shouldn't be in a residential area," Ken Stern said.

A1 Organics wants to build another, much larger composting facility in the Eldorado Valley in Boulder City. The company says it moved to Southern Nevada with plans to have multiple facilities throughout the valley.

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