MSW Management: Safely Countering the Rise of Landfill Odors

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Courtesy of OMI Industries (OMI)

One of the core challenges of landfill and compost site management is fighting the rise of foul odors. In addition, as communities expand further out from previous areas, they eventually become neighbors to landfills – calling for a comprehensive odor-control approach to countering odor complaints.

In fact, compared to other industrial applications such as wastewater treatment and asphalt production, landfills face more challenges in fighting odors. Moisture, humidity, agitation, and summer temperature can all contribute to the rise in foul odors.

These were the key themes of a recent MSW Management article, which featured commentary and insights from Dr. Laura Haupert, Director of Research and Development for OMI Industries.

“Landfills often encompass many acres and are constantly changing, with new areas being continually filled in with waste,” said Dr. Haupert in the article. “As they also become higher in elevation over time, keeping foul odors from being carried off by often-erratic wind patterns becomes all the more difficult.”

Dr. Haupert also discussed how receiving different types of solid waste such as food-related garbage can also make odor management a challenge for any landfill. For example, in rainy periods, extra moisture can lead to the food-related garbage decomposing much faster. Wind can then carry the foul odors into neighboring residential and commercial areas.

Marc L. Byers, owner of Byers Scientific & Manufacturing – and a new distributor for OMI Industries – also provided commentary in the article. He discussed the need for conducting initial odor assessments, then developing the right solution that is both safe and effective.

The article also highlights how OMI’s Ecosorb technology, a blend of plant extracts, food grade surfactant and water, is designed to eliminate organic and inorganic odors on a molecular level without the use of harsh or hazardous chemicals, emission control systems, or masking fragrances.

In transfer stations, Ecosorb often is dispersed through vapor systems that can be ducted to exhaust fans, doorway perimeters, and any other areas where odors might escape. Landfill operations use Ecosorb through the use of perimeter vapor systems and oscillating fan systems for direct application to the workface.

Ecosorb Spray Gel solution is also used to cap odors from escaping into the atmosphere and can be dispersed onto trucks hauling solid waste or sludge and around landfills to effectively and safely neutralize malodors.

Because odor is one of the more difficult facets of managing landfill and compost operators, and could in fact cause a facility to be fined or shut down, it’s critical to have the right odor management solution in place. Being a good neighbor is paramount for any landfill.

Click here to read the full article. In addition, if you are the manager of a landfill, and would like more information about how to develop a comprehensive – and safe – odor management plan, please contact us here.

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