—The decomposition of biodegradable waste in landfills is known to produce odour emissions that cause discomfort to nearby residents. Therefore, the aim of this study is to investigate perception of odour as a nuisance among residents in relation to their distance from a landfill. A survey is conducted, and 507 respondents living within a 7.0 kilometre radius from the landfill participated. Questionnaires are sent out to the respondents to investigate their background, socioeconomic status, and perception on odour. The selected landfill is semi-aerobic and is used for the disposal of non-hazardous domestic and industrial wastes. Respondents for radius < 0.9 km are employees of the landfill. Based on survey results, almost 26 % of the respondents strongly agree that ‘odour is a nuisance’. The level of agreement on ‘odour is a nuisance’ decreases with distance; that is, even respondents (1 %) who live within 6.0 – 6.9 km agree to this perception. A possible reason is that odour concentration is not only high at the origin/source, but also emanates from waste collection and transportation. Respondent perception on ‘odour is a nuisance’ is investigated in terms of race, age, type of house, education, occupation, and income.
—Odour, odorous emission, odour nuisance, semi-aerobic landfill
Tengku Nuraiti Tengku Izhar is with the Universiti Malaysia Perlis, 02600 Kangar, Perlis, Malaysia (e-mail: nuraiti@ unimap.edu.my).
Nor Azam Ramli is with Universiti Sains Malaysia, 14300 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ahmad Shukri Yahaya is with the Universiti Sains Malaysia, 14300 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia (e-mail: email@example.com).
Cite:Tengku Nuraiti Tengku Izhar, Nor Azam Ramli, and Ahmad Shukri Yahaya, "Odour Nuisance near Semi-Aerobic Landfill: A Distance-Based Study in Malaysia," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 32-36, 2013.