Odour control guide for Tasmania
Tasmania in a nutshell
Tasmania is an island state of Australia, located about 250 km south of the mainland. The state is well known for its natural beauty and pristine lakes. More than a third of the state is made up of National Parks and World Heritage areas.
As such, Tasmania consists of a sensitive natural environment which must be protected from pollution.
The economy of Tasmania relies on mining activity, crops, dairy and sheep farming.
Hobart, Tasmania's capital city, is a major port and the centre of industrial activity for the state.
Tasmania's population stands at over 200,000 people.
The role of the EPA
The Environmental Protection Authority is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with environmental legislation in Australia. In Tasmania, the EPA has an assessment and regulation role.
The EPA assesses potential environmental impacts for new developments and activities, which can potentially result in a refusal of a proposal. Alternatively, conditions could be imposed on businesses to mitigate adverse environmental impacts.
The EPA also encourages, enacts and enforces regulations for activities that could affect the environment. This includes the right to inspect sites, investigate incidents, impose fines and initiate prosecutions for non-compliance.
The City of Hobart works closely with the EPA to monitor complaints and investigate environmental incidents.
Industries that cause odours in Tasmania
The EPA in Tasmania has listed industries that cause odours, along with hotline numbers to register complaints. Here are some common sources mentioned by the EPA:
Abattoirs. The dung from animals spreads out over large areas. Processing of meat, and waste products like blood also generate quite strong odours.
Food processing plants. These processes generate wastewater with a high biochemical oxygen demand. Their emissions also contain a variety of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
Industry. Industrial applications are notorious for odours coming from H2S emissions or other chemical compounds.
Waste disposal sites. These contain organic waste in varying stages of decomposition. Disturbing this waste often leads to a high level of odour emissions.
Wastewater treatment plants. These also process organic waste and are a common source of odour complaints from the community.
OdourPro solutions for odour control
OdourPro offers products and services for implementing odour control in Tasmania.
Our technical experts help assess odour sources and develop appropriate solutions to prevent odour impacts on surrounding communities. We also help monitor and maintain odour control equipment to ensure it operates as designed, and continues to comply with regulations .
Chemical dosing systems are ideal solutions for wastewater treatment. Dosing systems eliminate odours by preventing the formation of H2S, which is the primary odour source for wastewater systems. Our technical specialists advise which system is best suited for each application. OdourPro offers:
Well washers flush out fat from a well, thus removing a source of odour from that location.
Access covers provide a positive seal that keeps odour emissions from escaping and impacting on surrounding neighbours.
Carbon filters and biofilters capture vapours at their source and filter out odour compounds before they are released into the atmosphere. They provide an effective odour control for food and dairy processing as well as meat processing plants.
Active carbon filters reduce emissions of H2S ad VOCs by up to 99%.
Sometimes, biofilters and carbon filters are used in conjunction for the most effective solution.
The ideal odour control solution for waste disposal sites includes both surface treatment and odour neutralising. These treatments can be applied at the boundary fence of a waste disposal site using misting systems or vapour systems.
Surface treatment forms a blanket on the surface of the waste preventing the release of odours while allowing biological processes to decompose the waste.
Odour neutralisers work by dispersing treatment into the air. Active compounds neutralise odours as they are carried along in the air.
Contact OdourPro for odour control in Tasmania
OdourPro has more than 25 years experience in odour control in Tasmania. We help our clients meet the EPA requirements and stay compliant during normal operations. Our technical experts provide a range of consulting services and advice to implement the most effective solution for your needs.
OdourPro on 21 November 2016
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