For most people, the idea of working or living near a landfill site is a big no-no.
After all, studies have shown living near a landfill site can increase the risk of lung cancer and other respiratory disease. Not to mention, being exposed to air pollutants on a daily basis is a major nuisance and can impact your quality of life. Who would want to put up with that?
Well, you’re absolutely right. There’s no reason why anyone should have to deal with these kinds offensive odours. And for this reason, landfill operators have a duty of care to reduce the spread of landfill emissions and ensure they meet EPA regulations. After all, if landfill operators don’t – they could end up paying huge fines and maybe even lose their jobs.
So for the past few decades, the landfill industry has really stepped up its game.
By researching and implementing the latest odour control systems, site operators have been able to reduce odour complaints and meet stringent EPA regulations. No matter what type of waste a landfill holds – whether it be household waste, hazardous chemicals or industrial waste – there is a range of treatment options to suit any site.
And no, these odour control systems don’t just ‘mask’ the problem, either.
We’re talking advanced odour counteraction methods. The kind of solutions that target the exact source of the odour and eliminates them, quickly. By releasing a reactant made from a complex blend of essential oils and odoriferous organic plant compounds into the air – or spraying onto the surface via foam application – the solution converts the odour molecules into non-volatile compounds. By doing so, the airborne or surface odour particles are completely destroyed.
Due to the vast range of odours that landfills produce (the average landfill can produce up to 500 types of gases), an odour assessment must be carried out to correctly and accurately locate the source of the problem. By arranging a meeting with an odour control expert they can assess the site, and come up with an odour-reducing system to fit their needs and budget.
Today, the most effective ways to control odour are large area misting sprays, vapour deodorizers and surface treatments. Misting and vapour systems are designed to control large and diffuse airborne odours. While surface treatments are used to control odours produced by suspended solids and sludge found in leachate lagoons. These misting systems come in portable models for quick deployment to any site, and they can be installed permanently to neutralise odours near the site boundary.
Each control method relies on a unique odour-busting formula to be released onto the affected area. Made from a combination of essential oils and organic plant compounds, this formula is 100% toxic-free and safe to inhale. So it can be used indoors and outdoors without fear of exposure to harsh chemicals.
Best of all? When designed and installed by a reputable odour control expert, these control methods can be monitored on a regular basis. Through the use of remote monitoring technology, the odour control systems can be adjusted and send out report errors in real-time so any problems can be fixed quickly.
With this level of ongoing support, landfill operators can keep odour emissions at a safe level and reduce odour complaints. Not to mention – everyday people like us can breathe easy and get on with life!