The company, which faced mounting opposition from residents, informed the DeKalb County Planning Department on March 13 that it is withdrawing its application, which was scheduled to come before the DeKalb Board of Commissioners on March 27.
Residents turned out in large numbers at community meetings to oppose the facility, which was seeking a special land use permit to locate on the LaFarge property in Lithonia. The facility, which composts food waste, was under the gun to leave Barnesville, where it had a history of generating bad odors.
The application was voted down by the Community Council on Feb. 13 and the Planning Commission on March 6.
Company lawyer Michele Battle said owners Tim and Melia Lesko decided to withdraw after the vicious attacks they encountered. She said they will shut down operations in Barnesville in the short term.