Odor Control - Bacteria & Enzyme close upsLandfills, Compost operations, Animal Processing Facilities, Waste water treatment plants, transfer stations, and recycling centers  are some of the most odorous and difficult to control facilities in the world today. Remediation Projects and Hazardous Clean ups with dangerous VoC’s can be just as volatile

And when it comes to the waste industry and environmental remediation issues, controlling odors and VoC’s ranks as one of the top concerns. Few things can create more community animosity (and regulatory oversight) than a foul stench coming from your site/project/facility.

NWC’s odor control products & equipment form the most reliable and flexible integrated odor control system on the market today. They are the best because anything less just won’t do.

The complexity of these specialized environments often means that only a combination of specifically tailored products & delivery systems will be able to effectively solve the root cause of your odor problem. Our Odor Battalion line of odor control products have helped many of the types of facilities and projects mentioned above successfully control their odor problems, and stay in regulatory compliance.

Product Applications

  • Waste Water Treatment Plants
  • Plastic Manufacturing
  • Landfills
  • Composting Facilities
  • Transfer Stations
  • Animal Processing Facilities

  • Hydro-Carbon Clean Ups
  • Soil Remediation Projects
  • Paper Mills
  • Tar Ponds
  • And Many More…

The Process: Identify, Develop, Deliver & Measure
Step 1: Identify the cause of the odors
New Waste Concepts Engineers will work with you to discover the root source of your odor problems. Depending on your particular business and situation this can be as casual as a conversation with our engineers and sales team, or it can include samples sent to our lab and on site measurements performed by our experts.

When working with manufacturers we often modify or create custom products that meet that work within their already established manufacturing process. Either way you can be assured that we take your odor problems seriously.

Step 2: Develop a solution that eliminates the root cause of the odors
Over the years we have developed several products that meet the needs of the market segments we serve. However, not every situation or odor problem is the same. New Waste Concepts has established its willingness to work with clients in developing custom blends of odor control agents.

Manufacturers in particular are often in need of solutions that can work within their already established manufacturing process. These might include the need for an agent to have an extremely high boiling point or not react with chemical reactions that are already taking place. Our engineers and Chemists have years of experience solving problems like these every single day.

Step 3: Deliver the Solution to the source of the odors
If you can’t deliver the solution to the source of the problem then the solution can’t work. This is what drove us to develop Delivery Systems. Today New Waste Concepts is one of the leading manufacturers of industrial misting equipment. In fact New Waste Concepts misting technology has several advantages over tradition fixed nozzle systems. This is largely due to our Misting Basket Technology which doesn’t clog, allows us to control the flow of moisture and its scaleable to upwards of 100’s gallons per minute. Too learn more about our delivery systems please visit the equipment section of the site or Click Here
Understanding the Technology: Bacteria & Enzyme Odor Control
Question 1: What are Bacteria?
Bacteria are microscopic organisms vital in recycling the nutrients found everywhere in nature.  Multiplying with remarkable speed, they make up much of the world’s biomass.  If food, moisture and temperature conditions are right, these single-celled organisms reproduce at a prodigious rate – often as every twenty minutes.  In eight hours time, a single bacterium can give rise to nearly 17 million new bacteria.

Bacteria produce various types of enzymes to help break down their food source into smaller chemicals, which can be readily assimilated by the organism.  Many of these chemicals – as well as certain bacteria byproducts – can produce the variety of offensive odors found in waste industries. Conversely, there are a variety of selective bacteria that feed on these odor-causing chemicals, allowing these bacteria types to control such odors!

Question 2: What are Enzymes?
Enzymes are specialized proteins produced by plants, animals and virtually all other known forms of life.  Enzymes function as“biocatalysts” accelerating the rate of vital chemical reactions within a cell, including digestive functions essential for the breakdown and assimilation of food chemicals. While enzymes speed up chemical reactions, they themselves remain unchanged in the process.

Different enzymes break down different compounds, one example being those specializing in converting cellulose into simple sugars.  Since enzymes act as catalysts and are not altered or consumed during these chemical reactions, they are available to be reused over and over.

Question 3: Why Combine Bacteria & Enzymes?
A variety of NWC’s odor control products utilize a proprietary blend of select chemical enzymes, as well as specialized bacteria that produce their own enzymes.  This combination allows for both an immediate and longer-term solution to your difficult odor control problems.

The enzymes immediately begin the chemical process of breaking down offending compounds into food sources for the bacteria which, in turn, continue converting such chemicals into non-odorous byproducts.

Other types of bacteria have the ability to directly attack the original odor-causing chemicals and again, producing non-odorous byproducts.  As long as a food source is available, the bacteria will continue to multiply, increasing their overall effectiveness and ensuring a long-term solution to the odor problem.

Question 4: What is Bio-augmentation/Bacteria & Enzyme Customization
NWC’s battalion of bacteria and enzyme products utilize a wide variety of selectively adapted bacteria, specifically engineered to be effective against an array of odor-causing materials.  Each product combines multiple strains of bacteria, select enzymes and neutralizing chemicals into a single synergistic blend, designed to address a specific type of odor control problem.

NWC’s products can be tailored to address the need of any odor-plagued environment, including landfills, transfer stations, municipal and industrial waste water treatment, sludge ponds, contaminated sediments, remediation projects, pulp and paper mills, and many, many more.  If you have an odor issue, contact one of our experts today to see how we can solve your problem!

Understanding the Technology: Odor Neutralizers
Question 1: What are Odor Neutralizers
NWC’s Odor Neutralizer’s are chemically different from nearly all other neutralizers on the market, and are clearly different from odor masking agents.  NWC uses a variety of odor control chemistries based largely on unique blends of food grade chemical compounds and botanical derivatives.

All of NWC’s Odor Neutralizers work well against a broad consortium of odors, but some products have been formulated to specifically target malodors that are either more alkaline or acidic in nature.

These materials work by either chemically-reacting with the odor causing chemicals, turning them into non-odorous insoluble salts, and/or ionically binding to them, allowing them to “wet-out” in the aqueous phase of the system and precipitate into the air.

These chemical interactions occur across a wide variety of ambient temperatures, yielding outstanding odor control performance under all field conditions. Many competitive products that rely primarily on blends of essential oil fragrances are by far not as effective across such a wide spectrum of applications.

One of NWC’s top neutralizers is Odor Sergeant. Unlike conventional odor control products based on essential oil fragrances that volatilize fairly quickly, Odor Sergeant is supplied as an almost 100% solid concentrate that, even after dilution with water, provides effective odor control performance for several days without having to be reapplied or re-misted.

What Not to Use: Masking Agents
Odor masking merely substitutes one odor for another.  A common example of this is placing a fruity odor over an existing bad odor that might be coming from the waste.  Odor masks typically “mix” odors but the net result may be a combined fragrance that is not at all pleasant to smell.

Odor masks do not chemically “stop” the odor at its source, but rather allow it to persist.  Some odors are especially toxic(hydrogen sulfide, ammonia).  Masking such malodors with a nice fragrance does not minimize the exposure of personnel to the health hazards of these chemicals, and can result in a potentially dangerous situation.

We strongly advise all of our customers not to rely on masking agents, but rather work with their NWC sales representative in determining which of our Odor Battalion combatants will work best for your particular situation.

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Odor Identification Chart

Its often difficult to determine what is causing an odor. Descriptions of a smell or odor can only go so far in determining the source but the chart below is a basic guide that can help you try to identify the source or cause of the odor. Calling in an expert is recommended in accurately determining the cause..


Ally Thiol
Benzyl Thiol
Diphenyl Sulphide
Chloro Phenol
Crotyl Mercaptan
Sulpher Dioxide
1, 4-Diaminobutane
Dimethly Sulphide
Hydrogen Sulphide

Smells Like:

Strong Garlic, Coffee
Sharp Pungent
Unpleasant, Strong
Pungent, Suffocating
Unpleasant, Penetrating
Skunk Like
Ammonia, Fishy
Ammonia Like
Ammonia, Sour
Very Strong Onion
Nauseating, Irritating
Pungent, Irritating
Benzene Like
Pungent, Fruity
Skunk, Rancid
Skunk, Unpleasant
Putrid, Decaying Flesh
Putrid, Nauseating
Putrid, Fishy
Decaying Veggies
Decayed Cabbage
Rotten Eggs
Fecal Nauseating
Strong, Ammonia
Unpleaseant, Putrid
Fecal, Nauseating
Skunk, Rancid
Putrid, Garlic Like

*** Its important to understand the difference between Pungent and Putrid Smells when referring to this chart. Putrid is a rotting or decaying type odor while a pungent odor is sharp and overbearing


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