Following a flood of complaints from neighboring cities about an increased odor issue at the Capitol Landfill in Juneau, Alaska, the City and Borough of Juneau has identified the source and measures are being taken to reduce the odor issues.
In a memo from Michele Elfers, chief architect of engineering and public works department for the CBJ, to Jerry Nankervis, chair of the public works and facilities committee, she states that the neighbors’ complaints generally refer to stronger odors coming from the landfill and indicate that the odor is traveling farther to neighborhoods that have not previously been affected.
Waste Management, headquartered in Houston, owns and maintains the Capitol Landfill in Juneau.
Paul Burns, area director for disposal in the Pacific Northwest for Waste Management, says the recent odor issues resulted from the company’s work to improve the collection capacity of its gas system.
“We are always working to improve our operations, and we had been planning for these improvements for some time,” Burns says. “The good news is that installation is nearly complete and will allow for better gas management for the long-term. The eight new wells, added to 30 existing wells, will enhance our system and facility.”