Spring Bank Holiday on Monday 27 May means all rubbish and recycling collections will be one day later that week, including Friday collections taking place on Saturday 1 June.
Recycling and rubbish collection days are changing for some households in Mendip and South Somerset. Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

How to reduce odour nuisance

Tips to help reduce the likelihood of causing a nuisance:

Farmland spreading

  • check the weather forecast prior to spreading
  • check the wind direction and try to spread only when the wind is blowing away from neighbouring properties
  • avoid spreading at weekends, bank holidays or evenings
  • do not spread close to houses
  • avoid frequent spreading in the same location
  • avoid very heavy applications
  • plough in immediately after or use injection to minimise odour

Farms or livestock units

  • avoid odorous feeds
  • frequently remove waste, considering the time of day and wind direction
  • keep odorous areas dry and well ventilated
  • avoid the storage of animal waste near domestic premises
  • avoid burning horse manure, use an alternative means of disposal

Poultry units

  • remove waste frequently
  • clean out storage sheds frequently bearing in mind the weather conditions

Cesspits and septic tanks

  • empty frequently
  • remedy defects as soon as possible, for example – blocked soakaways or overflows
  • ensure vents are appropriately located and of sufficient height

Industrial premises

  • where necessary increase the discharge height of any chimneys, but ensure this has no planning implications before doing so
  • remove any terminal endings that slow the airflow, for example – caps and cowls
  • substitute odorous products
  • use activated charcoal filters to adsorb organic odours
  • use water-based paints with a low organic solvent content
  • maintain extract equipment for example spray booths or fans
  • relocate odorous processes away from nearby domestic premises

Hot food premises and food manufacturing

  • increase the height and re-orientate the flue
  • service, clean and maintain ventilation equipment
  • use odour control technology, for example – activated charcoal filters

Last reviewed: November 21, 2023 by Qi

Next review due: May 21, 2024

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