Giant air freshener

Scottish Borders Council have hired a giant air freshener to combat unpleasant smells leaking from a rubbish dump.

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Scottish Borders council respond to stench

Scottish Borders Council has installed a giant air freshener to deal with a stench that locals have said are coming from a rubbish dump.

They have hired the unit at the landfill site at easter Langlee in Galashiels after locals complained.

Ross Sharp-Dent, Waste Manager at the Council explained:

"We have recently become aware of local concerns regarding unpleasant odours which appear to emanate from Easter Langlee Landfill site.

"SBC was already aware of and investigating this matter and will put in place a number of actions which will help in resolving the issue as quickly as possible.

"We are working closely with Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) not only to identify the exact source of the odours - but to develop an action plan to help minimise the release of landfill gases that are the most likely cause of the odour.

"The action plan includes continuing work to cap areas of the landfill and to expand the landfill gas management system. This has a number of operational benefits including the potential to reduce landfill gas emissions.

"In addition we have hired an odour control unit which sprays a fine mist of odour neutralising agent into the air. Its performance will be monitored over the coming days and weeks.

"Whilst we can not be certain, we believe the recent wet weather has played a significant part in causing the odours.

"We have organised a meeting with the Coopersknowe and Easter Langlee Residents Association to which a representative from SEPA will attend. "This will allow us to update them of our progress and discuss any other concerns they may have.

"We hope to build upon the good relationship we have developed with the residents of Coopersknowe and Easter Langlee over the last few years."

– Ross Sharp-Dent, Waste Manager, Scottish Borders Council

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