BOISE – If you live in northwest Boise you probably know about the Ada County Landfill, better yet, you've probably smelled it at one time or another.
There are smells associated with a landfill. There isn't much the county can do about the smell of fresh trash. What it can do is decrease the smell from gas emitted from decomposing trash. That gas is called landfill gas.
If you were to close your eyes, you can most likely imagine the smell of a landfill. It’s a distinct smell.
Felicity Self lives near the landfill and says that smell is a reality for her pretty much every day.
"At night it's bad enough to where when we let our dogs go outside to go to the bathroom, when they come in, their fur smells and they've only been outside like 10 minutes," said Self.
She's one of hundreds of homeowners that live near the Ada County Landfill in northwest Boise.
"The hope is that our neighbors won't smell anything. There are going to be, at any landfill there's going to be, there are smells associated with landfills," said Ted Hutchinson, Deputy Solid Waste Director for Ada County.
Right now the county collects as much of the landfill gas as possible, converting some to electricity and burning the rest.
A portion of that gas is hydrogen sulfide - that's the stuff that stinks.
Ada County recently signed an agreement with a company to build a facility that will act as a filter and remove the sulfur, and in turn reduce the smell.
"Then, I think the odor issues associated with Hidden Hollow, will truly be, a thing of, probably the past," said Hutchinson.
That's the hope of people who live in the area and smell the gas a lot.
"Definitely when we hike on Seamans Gulch trail in the summertime, it's horrendous. You'll take a deep breath and it's like, you almost throw up," said Self.
Hutchinson hopes the new facility will yield different results for people like Self.
"Which means this place won't stink?" asked KTVB.
"We're hoping it will stink much, much less," said Hutchinson.
How much less? Hutchinson says once the facility is up and running, smelling the gas will be rare.
"We want to be the best neighbors we can controlling the odors. We'd prefer that people really not know that we're up here," said Hutchinson.
The facility, which is called a Hydrogen Sulfide Gas Scrubber, is still in the design phase.
Construction is set to begin in July and be completed a few months later in November.
The county has created an app to help people report when and where they smell the gas.
The landfill will then take that information and make sure everything is not only working properly, but can work better in the future.
Click here for a link to the app.