An edition of: WaterAtlas.orgPresented By: Orange County, USF Water Institute

Water-Related News

Orlando halts delivery of truckloads of waste to East Lakeland industrial facility

BARTOW — Orlando city officials said Friday they have stopped delivering truckloads of waste to an industrial facility in East Lakeland following an investigation by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection into complaints about an odor coming from the business, BS Ranch & Farm.

"The City has temporarily diverted the loads of biosolids from the Iron Bridge Regional WRF (Water Reclamation Facility) to another management and recycling facility until this situation has been addressed by FDEP," Erik Melear, a project manager with the city of Orlando, wrote to Lakeland businessman Kirk Sullivan.

Sullivan, a businessman who has criticized BS Ranch & Farm, shared the email with The Ledger on Friday in Bartow at the Polk County Administration Building after county commissioners discussed ongoing complaints about the smell during an agenda study meeting.

But Brandy Stanton, president of BS Ranch & Farm, said they were in discussions with the company that delivers the waste to her company for the city of Orlando.