Spring odours campaign

As the weather warms up, we’re encouraging industry licensed by the EPA to prepare their operations to reduce potential odour issues.

We receive complaints from communities each spring about odours coming from a range of industries.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting higher-than-average rainfall this spring, which could make odour issues worse.

That’s why we’ve started COVID-safe inspections of licensed sites to ensure licensees are working to minimise and prevent odours.

We’ve let all licensees know that they need to assess their sites to proactively manage potential odour-generating activities. 

We’re also asking the community to help us by reporting when they notice strong odours.

Reporting odours to the EPA

Community reports play an important role in the EPA’s investigation of odours.

To help us investigate and locate potential sources of the smells, it’s useful to put down as much detail as possible when making a report.

This includes the time of the odour, its location and duration, the weather conditions, wind direction, strength of the odour and a description of what it smells like.

When recording information, it’s important to remember to always put your personal safety first and never deliberately inhale any odour.

For more information about how to record odour information, see the fact sheet and odour log sheet (PDF 160KB).

Odour incidents can be reported to the EPA Environment Line on 131 555 or at info@epa.nsw.gov.au.