Tired of the Garbage Odor Coming from Your Organics Recycling Area?

An increasing number of Americans are adding organics composting to their repertoire of eco-friendly activities. Just in case you are not one of the people that have jumped onto the bandwagon, it involves recycling organic materials taken from businesses and homes (i.e. food scraps and lawn clippings). The recycled materials are then turned into food for animals, biofuel, biogas or soil amendments. Although all of that sounds wonderful, there are downsides to organics composting. One of the big ones is garbage odor. The good news is it may be controlled effectively and efficiently.

The odors coming from commercial and residential organics composting areas are perfectly natural. It’s all part of the anaerobic digestion process. So to control the amount of garbage odors, it’s best to start with the compost pile itself. The U.S. Composting Council’s periodical,BioCycle, published a series of comprehensives article on the subject for commercial venues in 2012. Those that have the spare time may want to read the entire series. The EPA has published information on organics composting as well. Their materials are geared towards non-commercial entities.

Despite approaching the issue from two different viewpoints, both sets of published materials essentially provide the same solutions. They suggest that the keys to minimizing the amount of odors emitting from the pile have to do with controlling the following elements:

  • Moisture levels within the pile’s layers
  • Particle size and particle type
  • Air circulation and air quality
  • Carbon and nitrogen ratio

Once those issues are under control, the remaining garbage odors may be dispatched with the aid of ozone generators. Like organics composting, ozone generators take their cue from nature. They rely on using ozone’s inherent properties to cleanse the air of organics composting and other garbage odors. The science behind the process is actually rather amazing. To learn more about minimizing organics composting odors with the aid of ozone generators, please contact us by calling (866) 676-9663. We’d love to help you “go green” without having to deal with those annoying, putrid garbage odors.

Food Odors: A Closer Look at Onions’ Less Attractive Side

Aaaah the tasty, versatile onion! It’s full of fiber, Vitamin C and flavor. Of course that’s just half of the vegetable’s story. Depending on what you do with them, they can also create food odors and bring a grown adult to tears. What follows is a closer look at those less attractive features and how to deal with them:

Onions, regardless of the variety, have cells that inherently contain sulphuric compounds and lachrymatory factor synthase. Thus, when we cut into the onion, we release those organic chemicals into our environment. As a result of that release, we frequently end up with watery eyes, stinky hands and wooden cutting boards that just smell awful.

Because the chemicals are a natural part of the onion, there are only a handful of things that can be done about it. The National Onion Associationrecommends that consumers use either a refrigerator or ice water bath to help minimize the chemicals’ release. They also suggest using salt or lemon juice to remove the smell from one’s hands and kitchen equipment. What the association’s guidelines don’t address is how to completely remove the smell from the air.

For that, we’d suggest that you try ozone. Like the chemicals found in onions, ozone is an organic substance. It has also been recognized as safe for food service use by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. So many people have been using it to combat a whole host of food odor issues for years. The way that the onion odor fighting, organic substance works is simple. It naturally hunts for and completely eradicates the lachrymatory factor as well as the other synthase sulphuric compounds found in onions. In addition, it works in conjunction with ions to remove other foul-smelling, food odors from the air too. To speak with an expert and learn more about this process, please contact us toll-free at (866) 676-9663.