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Odour Pollution

Odour can come from many sources, including spear pumps, septic tanks, compost heaps, rotting vegetation, fertilisers and rubbish. Sometimes odour can affect neighbours and interfere with their normal activities. If severe enough, it can impact on people's health.

Reducing odours

Be mindful of odours when doing your gardening and cleaning up around the home and generally, try and avoid releasing any household or garden odours on windy days.


  • Keep your yard tidy – rubbish and vegetation can create odours
  • Consider weather conditions before applying fertilisers – try to avoid windy and wet days
  • Cover or enclose your compost and turn it regularly.

Septic tanks

  • Perform regular septic tank system maintenance and pump out when needed
  • Do not put paint, hazardous chemicals, cigarette butts, pet bath water or sanitary napkins down the drain
  • Do not wash grease, fats or oils down your kitchen sink
  • Use environmentally-friendly, low-sodium products
  • Ensure your septic trenches and effluent irrigation system is working correctly and not leaking or ponding effluent over the ground
  • Ensure there are no cracks in your septic tank lid and grease traps.

Spear pumps

  • Make sure the pump is sealed and free of cracks
  • Regularly remove the slime or chemical sludge from the spear pump screens
  • Avoid using a sprinkler – rather use a handheld hose with a large droplet setting or soaker hose facing downwards into the soil.


Should you wish to lodge a complaint regarding odour pollution visit Council's Complaints webpage and follow Council's complaints process.

More information

Odour Pollution Facts
Air Pollution
Open Air Fires and Smoke Pollution
Smoke-Free Public Places