If your business produces odour that extends beyond the boundary of your site then you have a duty to take appropriate steps to minimise odour.
However, if you have breached your odour management responsibilities then you may receive an odour abatement notice from your local council. In this article we explain what your odour responsibilities are and what to do if you are served with an odour abatement notice.
Odour abatement responsibilities are explained in our detailed guide to the Environment Agency’s H4 Odour Management but this article gives a briefer refresh of the rules.
Odour that extends beyond the boundary of your site and causes a nuisance is classed as pollution and, as a result, the Environment Agency has strict guidelines in place to ensure the quality of life of people in the surrounding area is not impacted.
Businesses that produce odour are required to obtain an environmental permit. As part of this process they are required to submit an Odour Management Plan (OMP), which outlines the steps a business is taking to mitigate the odour, including measures such as containment and treatment, as well actions it will take to reduce the impact on the community, such as engagement and complaint management.
If your business has been established for some time, it is likely you will already have an environmental permit that has been issued on the basis of your existing Odour Management Plan (OMP). However, factors such as a new housing development in your local area, or changes to your production processes can and do impact your odour permit.
Read our full article here – https://www.feg-global.com/odour-abatement-notice/