Odour concern hard to quell
WASTE COMPANY AIMS TO ENSURE SMELL IS UNDETECTABLE
CLEANAWAY has revealed plans it hopes will appease residents concerned about the possible smell from its new waste transfer station.
The new facility will be built on Quarry Rd in Erskine Park, beside the company’s current landfill, which will reach capacity in 2016.
The company’s strategies to control odour include containing it within the industrial area, implementing a higher design standard and using proven technology to clean the area.
The company said it would monitor the first 12 months of operation to en- sure control was satisfactory. However, Erskine Park resident John LaMaire said he was very concerned.
“This proposed tip is not even 1km away from houses,” he said. “I have presented a petition to Mulgoa state Liberal MP Tanya Davies with more than 850 signa- tures to do something about the smell coming from the surrounding tips and to stop this proposed tip.”
Brian Cullinane, from environmental solution company SLR, said this of Erskine Park: “Our compliance standard tells us we must not reach two odour units 99 per cent of the time. We have set ourselves a higher standard to not reach two odour units 100 per cent of the time,” he said. The average person detects smell of between four and 10 odour units.
“The operation is within a closed building, which only opens for trucks to enter and exit so the building is closed off as much as possible,” Mr Cullinane said.
Cleanaway’s NSW General Manager David Clancy said the main goal was no adverse impact on the local community.