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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