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Offensive odours are smells that are very unpleasant. Most odours come from landfills, food processing plants and sewage treatment.  

A bad smell can prevent you from opening your windows or spending time outside. Odours can sometimes cause headaches, nausea and vomiting. If odour impacts your health, contact your doctor.  

EPA sets the standards for air quality in Victoria. We provide rules and guidance businesses must follow to minimise harmful odour pollution.   

You can report odour pollution by calling our 24-hour pollution hotline on 1300 372 842.  

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Reviewed 12 November 2019