GSA zeolites are naturally occurring minerals which are uniquely effective in the control of ammonia and its resultant malodor. These zeolite minerals also appear to have some impact upon hydrogen sulfide, another olfactory irritant.
Ammonia and hydrogen sulfide are two gaseous by-products from the breakdown of organic matter whether it be food waste products in the home or in animal rearing areas. Both of these gases, when released into the atmosphere, are irritating and, according to health officials, damaging when prolonged exposure occurs relatively high levels.
Ammonia is an offensive odor for both man and animal and its potential for aggravation of both eye and respiratory systems becomes acute as accumulations increase in confined areas. Concentrations of ammonia in enclosed chicken coops have been severe enough to cause blindness, pneumonia and inhibit growth.
Hydrogen sulfide, a typical gaseous by-product from waste decomposition, is also believed to be a cause of some respiratory ailments in both animals and humans. Unpleasant odor can also result from the breakdown of foods and other organic products in storage areas as well as the decomposition of wastes and unwanted by-products in various industrial processes, disposal sites, garbage bins, and pet litter boxes.
Natural zeolites, such as those available through GSA Resources, have been found to be particularly helpful in the control of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide in confined livestock rearing areas, zoos, kennels, pet shops and pet litter trays. These natural minerals have also been used very effectively in the control of malodors emanating from waste disposal areas, garbage bins, diaper pails, refrigerators, pantries, and some industrial processes.
GSA zeolites are able to perform this function due to their ability to adsorb certain volatile organic compounds, cations and gases. ZK406H, a natural zeolite product, can selectively adsorb the ammonia nitrogen produced as wastes decompose.
Due to the variety of applications of this unique mineral, the application rates are generalized as follows 1/2 to 2 pounds per square foot in animal confinement areas adjusted according to animal concentration and resultant ammonia and hydrogen sulfide levels, dusted over waste in waste depositories according to mass of waste and rate of decomposition; one pound of zeolite per month placed in an open container and stirred weekly in food storage areas, used as a filter media in air ventilation systems for removal of airborne malodors.
Due to its unique properties, and once loaded with ammonium from odor control applications; GSA zeolites make a remarkable soil amendment and may be added to potted plants, lawns, gardens, and agricultural fields. The zeolite then makes nitrogen (from the ammonium) available to the plants over an extended period of time. This acts as a slow release mechanism in the soil, making fertilizers more effective by increasing their efficiency. Therefore, use of GSA zeolites for odor control can result in a useful or saleable by-product.
This unique mineral has other diversified uses for which the following Web Pages are available:
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