Waste Processing: Smells and Explosions in MacGregor Terrace

Neighbors of a permitted, non-hazardous waste treatment and disposal plant less than a mile south of Riverside Terrace have been upset by the stench that regularly rises from the new facility. And last weekend there was a bit of an eruption at the CES Environmental Services plant at 4904 Griggs Rd.:

No one was injured in Saturday’s explosion, but it was the latest in a series of incidents involving the treatment facility, which is permitted to handle non-hazardous industrial waste, such as used oil.

The city has received more than 135 complaints about the plant this year, mostly related to the odors.

So what exactly landed in the yards along Grace Lane in McGregor Terrace? Exploded waste?


The equipment, known as a thermal oxidizer, ruptured under pressure after it took on too much air, Bowman said. At least a dozen pieces of metal, some as wide as four feet, landed in the neighborhood.

“We’ve tried to be a good neighbor,” he said. “Nobody is perfect, and we don’t claim to be. This incident is very unfortunate, and we’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Photo of CES Environmental Services Plant at 4904 Griggs Rd.: CES Environmental Services