Landfill is forced to pay heavy penalties when masking agent is unsuccessful at reducing odors

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Courtesy of Benzaco Scientific, Inc.

The Problem - A Pennsylvania landfill using masking agents for years discovered how unsuccessful 'covering' odors can be. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection documented over 200 odor complaints from neighbors of the landfill in just one year. As a result and at significant expense, the site was required to install an enhanced landfill gas collection system with temporary flares to burn off odorous gas. The site was fined almost $75,000 in civil penalties for past odor violations. Preemptive action on the part of the site to address odor issues would have reduced overall costs and alleviated the bad public relations suffered by the landfill.

The Solution - The site has since implemented operational solutions, including use of Benzaco Scientific vapor phase odor control measures which have reduced odor complaints significantly.

The Results - Masking agents DO NOT WORK and may actually compound malodor issues and INCREASE odor complaints. Using a vapor phase odor control system, like the Benzaco Scientific Subtractive Odor Control system of products and equipment, that neutralizes NOT masks or covers odors will ensure Operational Acceptance and save costs.

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