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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: Smell action plan underway

Scottish Borders council have said that they have an action plan underway to deal with smells coming from a landfill site.

Local residents complained about the stench coming from the Easter Langlee site in Galashiels so much the council have installed a giant air freshener.

Ross Sharp-Dent is the council's waste manager, he said:

"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.

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

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