Unpleasant odours can originate from a range of domestic, commercial or industrial sources. Perceptions of odour can be very subjective. The degree to which odour nuisance affects people depends on a range of factors. Some common causes of odour disturbances may include:
- Dirty or poorly maintained rubbish bins and waste receptacles.
- Decomposing food scraps, particularly meat and seafood.
- Uncovered or poorly managed compost heaps.
- Storage of petrochemicals (oils, degreasers, kerosene).
- Poorly maintained animal enclosures.
However, there are many ways to reduce the likelihood of producing an odour nuisance, such as:
- Ensure waste bins are put out for collection regularly.
- Clean waste bins regularly and or line your waste bin with a waste bin liner.
- Place meat and seafood scraps in the freezer and wait until the night before bin collection day to put them out.
- Ensure that compost heaps are healthy, well maintained and covered.
If the odour originates from an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) licenced site contact the EPA.