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Residents warned about smell from waste tip scheme
1:54pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
RESIDENTS near a York landfill site have been warned work to prevent gas emissions may create a bad smell.
Yorwaste is restoring a large area of completed landfill at the centre of its Harewood Whin site, working at various points during October and installing new gas pipes by the end of next month, it expects.
The exposed waste is being sealed with clay to stop landfill gas emissions, and Yorwaste said a “slight and occasional odour” may be caused at the stage where the pipes are fitted to collect gas produced by waste.
Steve Grieve, the firm’s managing director, said: “We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience this work may cause, but it is essential and necessary to avoid a repeat of last winter’s problems.
“As waste breaks down in landfill, it starts to produce a methane gas. This can be captured and converted into green electricity which is then exported directly to the National Grid, reducing reliance on fossil fuels. While there may be some short-term inconvenience, it is outweighed by the longer-term environmental benefits.”
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