Odour Management Plan for the Summer
During the summer months, odours become more acute. Higher temperatures allow bacteria to grow faster and smells to travel further. Many of our customers experience higher levels of odour complaints, despite no change in odour sources. Not only that, but odours also get more attention over the summer. People spend more time outdoors, so they notice more! If you experience an increase in complaints, you may also face scrutiny around your operating conditions. The key is to make sure you’ve got a solid odour management plan in place.
Who Could This Affect?
In short, you’re at risk of summer odour challenges if you operate a site that produces odours. This could include;
- Waste water, composting and landfill facilities
- Foundries, refineries and rendering plants
- Intensive farming and food processing facilities
- Biofuels and anaerobic digestion plants
- Commercial and restaurant kitchens
You can find out more about the sectors we can support here.
A Case In Point
Following the start of this year’s warmer weather, a large waste management company based in East Anglia got in touch. They’ve had an unusually high level of odour complaints about their sites. These include mechanical and biological treatment (MBT) and composting plants. Because of these complaints, the Environment Agency has asked them to develop an odour management plan. This will help them tackle the issue and make sure they comply with their operating permit in future.
Silsoe Odours has been working closely with the company to understand the challenges posed by their sites. We’ve developed a wide-ranging plan to assess the impact of their activities. We’ll also look at other local odour sources, to rule out any odours incorrectly attributed to our customer.
Our assessment primarily involves a series of fortnightly field odour surveys across a four-month period. We’ll take comprehensive qualitative observations and provide an independent assessment of odours across their locations. They’ll be able to use this as evidence for the regulator. This approach can also be very useful when applying for planning permission.
What’s more, we’ve been helping to support the company’s internal odour evaluation processes. We recently welcomed six of their employees to our UKAS-accredited odour laboratory. They are responsible for daily odour evaluation across their various sites. They each completed an Odour Sensitivity Test. This will allow them to prove the accuracy of their observations to the regulator.
Do You Have An Odour Management Plan?
The best way to avoid problems with increased odours over the summer is to plan ahead. Make sure you’ve got an effective odour management plan. You’ll then have good odour management strategies in place, which will limit issues. If you do experience complaints, you’ll also be able to use your odour management plan to showcase your practises to the regulator. This will help you resolve issues more efficiently.