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Air, Smoke and Odour Complaints

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​Abattoirs - odours
​Planned burns - forestry, or other
​Backy​​ard burning
​Trains
Food processing plants - odours
​Tyre burning
​Forestry associated burns
​​​Waste disposal sites
​Industrial premises - heavy
Waste transfer stations
​​Industrial premises - light
​Wastewater treatment plants
​Motor vehicles
​Woodheaters

​​​​​​​Abattoirs – odours

Contact the EPA Tasmania's Incident Response Hotline 1800 005 171, or email to incidentresponse@epa.tas.gov.au for complaints regarding nuisance odours from abattoirs.

However, some smaller abattoirs are regulated by Local Council, not the EPA.

Backyard burning

Contact the Local Council (and/or Tasmania Police after hours) for complaints regarding nuisance smoke from backyard burns.

Food processing plants – odours

Contact the EPA Tasmania's Incident Response Hotline 1800 005 171, or email to incidentresponse@epa.tas.gov.au for complaints regarding nuisance odours from food processing plants.

However, some smaller food processing plants are regulated by Local Council, not the EPA.

Forestry associated burns

Contact the EPA Tasmania's Incident Response Hotline 1800 005 171, or email to incidentresponse@epa.tas.gov.au.

The EPA has implemented a number of measures to assist planned burners to improve smoke management.

Industrial premises – heavy

(e.g. cement works, foundries, rendering plants, metallurgical works, mines, smelters large sawmills and quarries, tanneries)

Contact the EPA Tasmania's Incident Response Hotline 1800 005 171, or email to incidentresponse@epa.tas.gov.au for complaints or notifications regarding smoke or odours from industrial premises.

Industrial premises - light

(e.g. motor garages and bodyworks, small sawmills and quarries, businesses)

Contact the local council for complaints or notifications regarding smoke or odours from smaller industrial premises or businesses.

Motor vehicles

Contact the Department of State Growth (phone 1300 135 513) for complaints regarding nuisance smoke from vehicles operating on public roads.

Planned burns – forestry, or other

Contact the EPA Tasmania's Incident Response Hotline 1800 005 171, or email to incidentresponse@epa.tas.gov.au.

The EPA has implemented a number of measures to assist planned burners to improve smoke management.

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Trains

Contact TasRail (phone 1300 827 724) for complaints relating to train-related pollution.

Tyre burning

If the fire is posing a threat to life, property or there is a risk of wildfire, call Emergency Services on 000.

Otherwise, Contact the EPA Tasmania's Incident Response Hotline 1800 005 171

Tyres are controlled wastes. Burning tyres is prohibited under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Waste Management) Regulations 2020 and has serious health and air quality impacts. There are penalties associated with the illegal use, storage and burning of tyres.

Waste disposal sites

Contact the EPA Tasmania's Incident Response Hotline 1800 005 171, or email to incidentresponse@epa.tas.gov.au for complaints or notifications regarding smoke or odours from waste disposal sites.

Waste transfer stations

Contact the Local Council for complaints or notifications regarding smoke or odours from waste transfer stations.

Wastewater treatment plants

Contact the EPA Tasmania's Incident Response Hotline 1800 005 171, or email to incidentresponse@epa.tas.gov.au for complaints or notifications regarding odours from wastewater treatment plants.

The EPA must also be notified of any environmental harm or nuisance issues from wastewater treatment plants. This includes sewage spills, or odour, which might interfere with a person’s enjoyment of the environment.

Note that for nuisance complaints regarding pump stations, sewage reticulation, or smaller "on-site" sewage systems contact the Environmental Health Officer at the Local Council.

Woodheaters

Contact your Local​​ Council​ for complaints regarding nuisance smoke from wood heaters or other domestic burners.

The Environment Protection Authority acknowledges the Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of lutruwita (Tasmania) and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.