Metro Vancouver has approved a controversial composting facility at 25330 88 Ave.
The regional authority issued a solid waste licence to Glenval Organics on April 9.
The licence is limited to yard waste and wood chips and does not include smellier food waste.
Glenval Organics CEO Gary Nickel was pleased by the decision.
“It’s going to be great for the region,” Nickel said Monday.
The proposal generated a storm of criticism, with opponents dominating public hearings.
Langley Township council unanimously voted against the Glenval Organics project in February.
Glenval was asking Township council to refer its application to the provincial Agricultural Land Commission for permission to operate the compost plant under non-farm-use regulations.
Glenval can operate the compost plant on the property under the agricultural act, but that limits it to selling half of the compost it makes while keeping the rest on the site.
Under those rules, the company projects the plant would run out of room to store the compost in five to seven years and would have to close.