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Odour from a Compost Facility

Topics: Air, Contaminants and Hazards, Outdoor Air Location: General, Canada

Primary inquiry: A citizen’s group reported that putrid smells were occurring daily from a local commercial compost facility located in a suburban area of the city. The local public health agency was contacted to provide information to answer the following questions:

  1. What types of contaminants are potentially emitted in air from commercial composting facilities?
  2. What causes odours associated with the composting process?
  3. Are there health impacts to nearby residents from exposure to compost emissions?
  4. How can the odour from compost facilities be minimized?

Publication DateFeb 20, 2018
AuthorWard H, Wiens M
Posted by NCCEHFeb 20, 2018