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Residents near city dump tired of smell

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A bad smell at the city dump has people living in the nearby Shoreland area upset. They say the smell has gotten worse in recent years, and they want the city to do something about it.

"[It smells] like dead animals. Like you have dead animals in your backyard," said Debbie Krell, a Shoreland resident.

Krell has lived in her north Toledo home for more than 20 years. She says she's always had to deal with a repulsive smell from the landfill.

"When I have people over for a cookout or around our pool, it just smells terrible, like trash is in our backyard," she said.

But she says it's gotten worse over the last few years. Dan Pittman, manager of the city's solid waste division, disagrees.

"In 2012 and 2013, we have had a significant reduction in odor," Pittman said.

He says around a million dollars in upgrades have gone into the landfill to reduce the odor, and they are in full compliance with all the testing that is required by the Ohio EPA.

The landfill receives around 500 tons of garbage each week, dumped into what they call their open face.

"The only place where we have a potential for odor is the open face," Pittman said. "By regulations, we have to close that face every day before we leave, and that's done in a proper manner."

The trash is treated to reduce the smell, but Krell says she hasn't noticed a reduction.

"Some days it smells really strong," she said. "I haven't noticed a decrease at all."

Pittman says he doesn't like the odors either, but residents have to remember that it is trash and the city is doing all they can to reduce the odor.

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