What’s that Smell Again? City of Split Explains Karepovac Odor

Daniela Rogulj

Have you noticed any funky, Karepovac-like smells lately? The City of Split has an answer. 

Given that Karepovac receives 550 tons of new waste per day, which is about 30% more than in the winter, unpleasant odors are occasionally detected near the landfill, according to a statement released by Banovina, reports Slobodna Dalmacija on June 12, 2018. 

Increased amounts of waste and elevated temperatures which contribute to accelerated decomposition result in these smells, despite the mitigation measures. The waste is, however, treated daily with smelling agents and is covered with earthy materials. The location of the waste disposal site is now closer to homes, and the odors were detected even before the rehabilitation itself began.

Works on transferring the old waste have been reduced to the minimum necessary to form the crevice and final formatting of the landfill so that they could work on covering that part of the waste at the sanitary landfill. They are now working intensively to cover the landfill with a leveling layer of earthy material which reduces the open surfaces, the intensity of total waste generated, and the spread of unpleasant smells. The southern part of the landfill is completely covered by this layer, as is part of the north. The opened surfaces are reduced every day.

The landfill continues to be treated on a daily basis with smelling agents. Direct contact with the environment and the complete cessation of gas emissions will only be achieved by completing the rehabilitation, covering the final parts, and constructing the degassing system which is foreseen in the next phase of rehabilitation.

Regarding the air quality being monitored at the Karepovac measuring station, the limit values prescribed by the Regulation on pollutants levels in the air have not been exceeded, meaning there is no threat to the health of the population.

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