June 3, 2024

Dear Resident,

As promised, please find an update on the Reclamation Center. I will continue to provide these updates on a monthly basis.

Since January, we have installed 21 new wells that are connected to the vacuum as well as increasing and upgrading the functioning of the two flares that are increasing the capacity of handling the gas that is being collected. This has had a dramatic impact on reducing the odors that in the past have escaped the landfill.

We anticipate the installation of the temporary cap to begin by Friday, May 31, depending on weather conditions, on about 30 acres of the landfill. This project is expected to take six weeks to complete. There will be additional permanent capping involved on the top end of the slopes and tied to the temporary cap.

The permanent cap project for the slopes, which is currently being designed, is expected to go out to bid during the fall of this year.

We have also launched a new hotline for the Reclamation Center. Residents should call 732-559-ODOR (732-559-6367) to report an odor complaint directly to a Monmouth County Environmental Health Investigator. This hotline is available to residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Calls made during business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) will be directed to Investigators who are housed on-site at the Monmouth County Reclamation Center. Residents who wish to report an odor outside of business hours can call the same phone number and will be connected to an on-call duty Monmouth County Environmental Health Investigator who will respond to odor complaints. The average response time of Investigators to the site of the odor complaints has been 15 minutes of receiving a call.

In addition, please see below where you will find the benchmarks that have been completed or are in progress.

Completed Benchmarks
• Received material and supplies for the temporary cap to cover 30 acres of the landfill.
• Graded the landfill to prepare for the temporary cap.
• Completed the installation of additional eight surface gas collection wells.
• Tied all surface wells into the gas collection system.
• The engineer’s design of the temporary cap and well locations has been finalized.
• The capital ordinance was adopted during the Commissioner Meeting on March 28.
• The materials for 21 vertical (gas collection) wells are on site and eight wells have been drilled.
• The contractor has been hired and started to install the vertical wells.
• Ordered materials for two flare upgrades.
• Met with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and discussed the overall plan.
• Ordered the materials for the two flare upgrades.
• Begin installation of 21 vertical (gas collection) wells.
• Receive the materials for the two flare upgrade orders.
• Launch a new hotline for residents.
• Completed the final grade for the temporary cap.
• Completed the two flare upgrade.

In Progress
• Design permanent cap for slopes.
• Complete installation of the temporary cap.
• Continue daily odor-related inspections.
• Update the Monmouth County Reclamation Center web pages.

We are proud of the progress that has been made but rest assured, we are committed to resolving this issue in a timely manner.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to send them to me directly.

Thomas A. Arnone
Monmouth County Commissioner Director
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