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Posted on: December 22, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Residents Asked to Report Landfill Odors

N.C. waste management officials are gathering landfill odor details as they assess a recent rise in complaints from neighborhoods in the vicinity.

Town leaders have cited an increase in text messages, phone calls and emails about odor. Complaints have come from several neighborhoods in the general vicinity of the landfill and also from Holly Springs Towne Center shopping center, said Mayor Dick Sears.

The county-owned South Wake Landfill is off N.C. 55 Bypass, just outside Holly Springs town limits.

The N.C. Division of Waste Management is working with the county landfill staff to track wind direction and odor changes. Odors can vary significantly from hour to hour because of specific waste types, operational procedures, weather conditions, etc.

State officials conducted an inspection Dec. 9. A consulting engineering firm has presented an odor management strategy for the landfill and is testing an odor misting system.

State officials ask those reporting landfill odors to log odors over seven to 10 days. The results will help determine location, intensity and duration.

Completed logbooks should be sent to:

Liz Patterson, Environmental Senior Specialist
Field Operations Branch, Solid Waste Section
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
Division of Waste Management
1646 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1646
Phone and fax: (919) 707-8286

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