Monmouth County officials lay out plan to stop stench from Tinton Falls landfill

Officials laid out a 30, 60 and 90-day plan to address the issue.

Jim Murdoch

Feb 29, 2024, 10:13 PM

Updated 142 days ago


News 12 New Jersey previously reported about Monmouth County's plans to stop the stench from the landfill in Tinton Falls from wafting into people's homes.
A more definitive timeline was revealed this week of what exactly will happen.
It comes as some neighbors in the Fox Chase section of Tinton Falls say the smell is getting worse.
"You smell it in the house. I smell it downstairs. If the weather is nice, you can't open the windows," said Meredith, who has lived in the area for five years.
"You feel the noxious smell, it's just in the air and you can feel it, it's just awful," said John Paolantonio. "You would think with all the people talking about it that it would get better but it's actually been opposite. It’s actually gotten really bad."
Monmouth County Commissioner Director Tom Arnone laid out a 30, 60, and 90-day corrective plan.
"We increased the flares. We increased the gas collection system. We are putting a 30-day plan and that's basically ordering all the materials that we have to do to prepare for the temporary cap,” Arnone said.
Below you will find the 30, 60 and 90-day plans that the County and Waste Management have developed to improve the situation surrounding the Reclamation Center.

30-Day Plan (March 29)

· Material and supply orders placed with expected arrival by mid-March.
· Order and receive material and supplies for the temporary cap to cover 30 acres of the landfill.
· Grading the landfill to prepare for the temporary cap.
· Complete the installation of an additional eight surface gas collection wells.
· Tie all surface wells into the gas collection system.
· Engineer will finalize the design of the temporary cap and well locations.
· Officials have introduced a capital ordinance for $20 million to address improvement costs associated with the Reclamation Center.
· Perform daily odor-related inspections.
· Order materials for 21 vertical (gas collection) wells.
· Engage and schedule a contractor to install the vertical wells.
· Order materials for two flare upgrades.
· Meet with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to discuss the overall plan.

60-Day Plan (April 29)

· Receive the materials and supply order.
· Begin installation of the temporary cap.
· Begin installation of 21 vertical (gas collection) wells.
· Receive the materials for the two flare upgrades.
· Continue daily odor-related inspections.

90-Day Plan (May 29)

· Complete upgrades on the two flares.
· Complete the 21 vertical (gas collection) wells.
· Complete the temporary cap.
· Continue daily odor-related inspection

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