Smart Technology for Landfill Odors Leveraging the Power of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

by Byers Scientific | April 22, 2021 | Blog | Odor | Resources

Byers Scientific (“Byers”) offers proven and innovative solutions for industrial-scale odor mitigation, data-driven emissions analysis, and scalable Cloud-based (IIoT) technology engineered for the solid waste industry. As one of the nation’s leading industrial odor control firms, we ensure a comprehensive and site-specific odor mitigation strategy is delivered every time. Our carefully engineered solutions are proven to effectively neutralize odor at landfills, large-scale composting facilities, waste transfer stations, waste-to-energy facilities and material recovery facilities across the nation.

Despite modern engineering, malodors are an inevitable side effect of natural gas and organic decomposition from landfills, large-scale composting operations and material recovery facilities. Malodors are also commonly attributed to the leachate ponds and anaerobic bacteria of landfills and solid waste facilities. The common chemicals off-gassing from these operations are amines from ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, VOCs, methane and CO2.

In addition to existing daily cover application, our Mitigation Technologies provide a second-barrier to neutralize odors before they reach neighboring communities. As a risk mitigation solution, all of our systems are equipped with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) SCADA capabilities. The term IIoT refers to a network of objects embedded with sensors, software and other technology that connects data with other devices over the internet. At Byers Scientific, we leverage the power of IIoT to put data and control at our customer’s fingertips. These smart control technologies provide real-time data using a Cloud-based SCADA platform allowing 24/7 remote monitoring and management.

Byers Mitigation Technologies Featuring Industrial Internet of Things Capabilities

MT-6™ Molecular Filtration System

Byers Scientific has developed an all-new and more sustainable approach to sequestering odor molecules in MRFs and transfer stations with its recently-released MT-6™ Molecular Filtration System. Molecular filtration (aka carbon scrubbing) uses activated carbon to manifest adsorption as odorous air is filtered, effectively eliminating odors down to the molecule. Byers follows a Butane Life Testing Protocol, in accordance with ASTM D5742-95, on the carbon media used in the MT-6™ in order to identify the optimal lifespan of the carbon before replacement is needed to preserve resources, reduce waste and prevent odor break-through based on the specific application. Each MT-6™ system features Byers’ Bolt-On™ Cloud-based SCADA technology allowing for real-time monitoring, control and automation of all Byers systems on site at the client facility.

Patented Vapor-Phase Systems (stationary and mobile)

Our patented vapor-phase systems leverage waterless vapor technology to control malodors from solid waste and industrial composting facilities. Vapor-phase systems manifest adsorption in the open air to neutralize odors on contact through a process known as Van der Waals Forces. The Byers’ Vapor-phase System deploys an odor neutralizer relying on organic plant-based oils to tackle odor molecules in the airstream in a manner that is both more effective and safer for the surrounding communities and the environment. In addition to our fixed systems, our mobile trailer-mounted Vapor-phase system is designed for temporary and changing odor-causing conditions such as the working face of a landfill. As with the MT-6™ system, each Byers vapor-phase system, fixed and mobile, comes equipped with IIoT-based SCADA technology.

Solid Waste Risk Management with IIoT-Equipped Technology Proving Compliance

Byers Scientific works as a compliance partner for our solid waste operation customers by helping to mitigate odor-related risk so they can stay focused on revenue-generating operations.

Byers Vice President of Business Development was recently featured in an MSW Management article stating that “community adversity, unrest, social media shaming, compliance driven enforcement actions, new regulations (such as S232 in New Jersey) and delays on landfill expansions and permits are just a few examples of what can happen when odor problems are not properly addressed.” Byers can help its customers avoid headaches using effective odor mitigation technologies and utilization of critical data to support the defense of spurious complaints.

As noted above, all Byers’ equipment is automated through our proprietary Cloud-based SCADA (IIoT) system for remote control, monitoring, maintenance, production scheduling and data reporting for compliance and community advocacy purposes. Given the complexity of contributing factors to solid waste odors such as temperature, humidity, wind and elevation, real-time access and monitoring of control systems is key for proving compliance and/or addressing odor complaints from the community. With our science and data-derived mitigation and monitoring solutions, potential liability associated with a perceived smell from nearby communities is significantly reduced.

Solid Waste Operators Do Not Stand Alone

Unfortunately, chemical malodors are an inevitable result of natural gas and organic decomposition from landfills, material recovery facilities and other solid waste sites. However, these solid waste operators do not have to stand alone in their fight against odor complaints and compliance scrutiny. Byers Scientific is a national leader in tackling these complex odor issues and stands ready to provide support in the form of engineered odor mitigation solutions and real-time defensible data leveraging the power of IIoT.