Waste site odour emission and control

Odour is an inevitable consequence of the handling and disposal of putrescible waste (i.e. waste that is subject to decay) and some industrial waste streams.

Working together to take control of waste site odours
Working together to take control of waste site odours

The amount of odour generated during waste collection and transfer operations depends on a range of factors, including the waste’s age, organic content and temperature, and the surface area of waste exposed to the atmosphere. For disposal operations such as landfilling, odour is also generated as a result of waste breakdown and the release of landfill gas, as well as ancillary processes such as leachate treatment and energy generation.

How can we help?

Understanding each of these factors is an important element in the design of transfer and disposal operations. Odournet can help with this, thanks to its range of odour measurement techniques. These include ‘at source’ sample methods (e.g. measurement of the odour emission potential of waste using sample hoods) and field-based methods that enable the overall odour impact potential of landfilling operations to be quantified.

Need to know more?

We have completed more than 100 odour studies on waste management and disposal applications on behalf of authorities, landfills and incinerators. So if you’d like to talk to the experts, contact your local Odournet office today.

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