New System to Reduce Stink from Leon County Landfill

The director of the county's solid waste division says it'll help the environment and folks who live near the landfill.

There are a lot of changes going on at the Leon County landfill located on Apalachee Parkway.

Norm Thomas, Director of Leon County Solid Waste, says, "We're delighted with the way things are going here. It looks better; we're staying on top of the issues."

On and off for years the landfill had been a source of contention as neighbors complained about the smell and concerns about whether or not their health would be affected, but over the years some of those neighbors have changed their minds.

Gloria Taylor, a Leon County landfill neighbor, says, "I think they've cleaned it up a lot. The odor isn't anywhere near as bad as it used to be. It's very convenient."

Thomas says to help keep the momentum going in the right direction, the latest proposed county budget includes a new gas treatment system at a cost of $500,000.

Norm Thomas says, "We want to collect the methane gas. It's a normal part of the decomposition process in landfills. We want to burn that in incinerators so we don't contribute to the green house effect in the atmosphere."

And there may be even more benefits.

Norm Thomas adds, "It should control most of the odors that emanate from this facility."

Some of those living near the landfill say they would like to just see it closed down, but others like it exactly where it is.

If the new gas treatment system is approved, the director of solid waste says it will take about six months to get the system into the ground and working.