Minchinbury and Sydney smell: waste from bingo industries sampled for smell of rotten eggs

A disgusting smell that has residents of several Sydney suburbs gagging has reached fever pitch after more than 300 complaints in a month.

A waste disposal company has had restrictions placed on its operations after it was found responsible for a ‘rotten egg’ smell that was compared to the smell of a corpse by a family member of a resident.

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) last month received more than 300 complaints from residents of Minchinbury and Eastern Creek about a foul smell.

The EPA launched a survey and odor survey of residents who determined that the landfill operated by Dial-A-Dump Eastern Creek (Bingo Industries) was the primary source of odors that were crippling the two southeastern suburbs. west of Sydney.

The environmental regulator found hydrogen sulfide – dubbed ‘rotten egg gas’ – was forming in the facility’s landfill.

“Two issues have been identified with their wastewater management system…a cracked pipe and a broken vent,” an EPA spokesperson said.

This finding was confirmed by independent odor specialists hired by the EPA.

Several residents said the smell made them sick and caused them to keep all windows closed.

Romona Kraissa from Minchinbury said the smell was strongest at night.

“We close all our doors and windows because it makes me feel sick, like I want to vomit,” she told ABC.

The smell would have prevented Lena Tupe from visiting her mother’s house in Minchinbury

“I try not to come here so much,” she told ABC. “I get really sick when I’m here because of the smell. I’ve never smelled a corpse before, but I think it’s close.

Bingo had its license amended, which included a $577 administration fee, while new restrictions were placed on its waste management.

The EPA has mandated that Bingo must now apply a 300mm layer of clean soil to its entire landfill, limit the type of waste accepted at the landfill to odorless waste, and reduce the area used for active landfill operations .

Bingo must also monitor landfill gas levels daily.

“We are very aware of the impact odors can have on local residents and would like to reassure the public that we are doing everything we can to manage the issue at our site,” Bingo said on its website.

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