Air pollution

Air pollution
Photo of factories emitting air pollution
Read on for advice and information on air pollution - you can also report any issues here. Air pollution canterbury bankstown Read on for advice and information on air pollution - you can also report any issues here. Environmental Programs; Environmental Health; Environment
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​Air pollutants mainly come from the discharges of gases and particles, mostly from industry, motor vehicles and domestic solid ​fuel heaters. Air pollution contributes to environmental issues as well as health problems, especially for people suffering from existing respiratory conditions, such as asthmatics, and for children and frail older people.

In regards to air pollution and odour nuisances, Council will investigate:

  • Backyard burning;
  • Solid fuel heaters;
  • Commercial premises such as spray painting businesses;
  • Industrial premises that are not licensed by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA); and
  • Food businesses. 

The Protection of the Environm​ent Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010 provides regulatory measures to control emissions from the abovementioned sources and is enforced by Council's Environmental Health and Compliance Officers.

Council also conducts environmental audits of commercial and industrial premises to ensure these businesses meet environmental standards.  

Solid Fuel Heaters

During winter, excessive smoke from the use of solid fuel heaters is a common source of air pollution in the City of Canterbury Bankstown. The correct operation of a solid fuel heater will mean more efficient heating and will minimise excessive smoke. Correct ways to operate a solid fuel heater include:

  • Always burn small logs of dry, well-seasoned hardwood;
  • Store firewood in a dry, well-ventilated area;
  • Stack wood loosely in a wood heater to allow air to circulate;
  • Use dry kindling to establish a fire quickly;
  • Do not leave the fire to smoulder overnight;
  • Regularly check the chimney for smoke; and
  • Ensure the chimney is cleaned at least annually.  

Council's Officers can investigate concerns regarding smoke from solid fuel heaters and if necessary, issue a direction to help ensure that excessive smoke is not emitted from the chimney or flue.

More information

For further information about air pollution, please contact the NSW Environment Protection Authority on 131 555 or refer to the EPA website.


If you would like Council to investigate an air pollution incident or for further information, contact Council's Environmental Health and Compliance Unit on 9707 9000. ​