A MILLION pound investment by a Parley recycling company has eliminated all ‘obnoxious’ odours.

Neighbours have previously complained about the smell from the Eco Sustainable Solutions site.

Staff at U-Drive in Enterprise Way, near Bournemouth Airport, complained about feeling nauseated and suffering from headaches due to the pong from the neighbouring business.

Last year the Environment Agency said Eco was intermittently found to be in breach of its environmental permit due to the odour issue.

Now the company is claiming success after completing a £1million upgrade including investment in new equipment, a £250,000 compost windrow turner, new pre-screening and screening processes and re-organising the 13-acre site with food waste processed at another location in Dorset.

Trelawney Dampney, managing director, said: “Eco has always tried to be a good neighbour but we recognise that in the past we’ve suffered from odour issues.

“We’ve listened, taken on board comments and now acted.

“It’s cost a million pounds but we believe it’s a good investment for both ourselves and our neighbours.

“No biological process will be totally free of smells but the new equipment and systems we’ve put in place have eliminated all obnoxious odours and about 80 per cent of smells. The handling of food waste was one of the main reasons for the complaints.

“We still use the Parley site as a transfer station but the actually processing of food waste is now done elsewhere.”

The most expensive new equipment – a German-built Backhus 17-series compost windrow turner – arrived on site in March and cost £250,000.

Eco was founded in 1993 and now employs 46 people with an annual turnover of £11million.

The company currently processes 250,000 tonnes of organic material each year at four facilities.