Odour Control at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre
Nasal Ranger training is offered to staff and community members to help identify odour sources
If you have a concern about odours from the Edmonton Waste Management Centre please call the City's 24-hour Odour Hotline 311.Waste Management Services and Drainage Services are working to improve odour management at their facilities. Some of the actions taken to reduce odours at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre (EWMC) include:
- The Edmonton Composting Facility is fully enclosed and uses odour-control filters in ventilation. Aeration bay ventilation floors were recently refurbished.
- An enhanced misting system is installed in key areas of the Integrated Processing and Transfer Facility (IPTF) and the Edmonton Composting Facility. This misting system sprays an odour-neutralizing compound.
- Yard waste composting activity is restricted to between 9am and 3pm, to reduce potential odours in the evening.
- Turning of composting piles outdoors is completed before 3pm, to reduce potential for odours in the evening.
- The bulk of residential waste is cleared from the IPTF tip floor at the end of each working day.
- Landfilling activities have ceased. The northwest corner of the landfill will be capped during summer and fall of 2012.
- A detailed odour emission inventory and new "e-nose" technology will help to further reduce odours in 2013.
See the EWMC Odour Control Matrix for a detailed list of our operational activities for reducing odours.
As part of the treatment of wastewater at the Goldbar Wastewater Treatment Plant, solids in sewage are heated to kill harmful bacteria. The solid material is then sent by pipeline to the biosolids lagoons at the EWMC.
- Water caps are maintained on most of the lagoons to reduce odours.
- A new biosolids discharge station has been designed to help reduce odours from the direct discharge of biosolids into the lagoons.
- A long term strategy is in place to reduce the overall storage of biosolids in the lagoons.
Community Liaison Committee
The City is working with citizens to identify and address odours emanating from the EWMC.
The Community Liaison Committee consists of citizen volunteers who live in northeast Edmonton and meet regularly with staff of Waste Management Services and Drainage Services.
The committee members share information about the impacts of odours in their neighbourhoods and learn about operational activities at the EWMC to address odours.
Training offered to members includes Nasal Ranger training in which volunteers learn how to identify and monitor odours.
Reporting Odour Concerns
If you have a concern about odours from the Edmonton Waste Management Centre please call the City's 24-hour Odour Hotline 311.
Call centre agents will log your concern and forward it directly to staff at the EWMC and Drainage Services. If we receive more than one call from an area within a day, a consultant will visit the neighbourhood and the EWMC to investigate and log information on the odour, as well as wind and weather conditions. We then analyze the data to help us better manage our operations.
For more information:
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In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311