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From now on, drivers in Osaka Japan will no longer have to keep their distance when driving behind local sewage trucks to avoid their foul odor. That’s because sewage trucks now smell like delicious chocolate.
Apparently, four Osaka-based companies recently joined forces to come up with a solution to mask the disgusting smell of vacuum trucks commonly used to collect sewage in the Japanese city. Five days ago, they announced that they had met their goal, and that moving forward, sewage trucks will emit a pleasant chocolate smell instead of the dreadful odor they were notorious for.
Japanese newspaper Asahi reports that their miraculous solution is based on a five year-old product developed by Yamamoto Fragrances in collaboration with Shikibo, a manufacturer of industrial products. Called ‘Deo-Magic’, their creation was a pleasant-smelling deodorizer that has since been used primarily in baby diapers and pet odor-eliminating products. To solve the smelly problem of Osaka sanitation trucks, someone had the brilliant idea to infuse the vehicles’ lubricating oil with Deo-Magic deodorizer and add a strong chocolate fragrance to mask any bad smell.
According to a recent promotional video showing a test run of the chocolaty-smelling sewage trucks, the initiative has been receiving very positive feedback from all parties involved – the local community, who no longer have to scramble whenever they see the trucks approaching, and the truck workers themselves, who no longer have to put up with the disgusting smell every day.