Reducing the Indoor Odorous Charge in Waste Treatment FacilitiesE Gallego1*, FJ Roca1, JF Perales1 and G Sánchez2
- *Corresponding Author:
- Eva Gallego
Laboratory Centre for Environment, Polytechnic University of Catalonia (LCMA-UPC)
Avda Diagonal, Barcelona, Spain
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: December 05, 2013; Accepted Date: February 12, 2014; Published Date: February 19, 2014
Citation: Gallego E, Roca FJ, Perales JF, SÃ¡nchez G (2014) Reducing the Indoor Odorous Charge in Waste Treatment Facilities. Int J Waste Resources 4: 136. doi:10.4172/2252-5211.1000136
Copyright: © 2014 Gallego E, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Characterising and determining the odorous charge of indoor air through Odour Units (OU) is an advantageous approach to evaluate indoor air quality and discomfort inside municipal solid waste facilities. The assessment of the OU can be done through the determination of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) concentrations and their odour thresholds. The aim of the study was to evaluate the differences in the odorous charge in the organic matter pit of a mechanical-biological waste treatment plant with a processing capacity of 287,500 tons year-1. The sampling was carried out during the months of September 2012 (original situation) and October 2012 (after emptying the organic matter pit drain pipe). 150 chemical compounds were determined qualitatively in the studied location, from which 102 were quantified due to their odorous characteristics as well as their potentiality of having negative health effects. The results obtained demonstrated that after a maintenance cleaning operation such as draining the organic matter pit pipe, the odorous charge inside the facility can be diminished in a great way, up to a 95%.