EPA's odour list helps you identify an odour. For example, odour from animals, chemicals, burning or cooking. 

When you report odour to EPA, use this list to describe it. 

It helps us when your odour report is as detailed as possible. This is so we can respond quickly and effectively.

Cooking

  • nutty/grain
  • fried/oily/fatty
  • coffee (burnt or roast)
  • meaty (cooked or burnt)

Hydrocarbon/fuel

  • gas (mercaptan)
  • petrol
  • bitumen/tar
  • diesel

Vegetable origin

  • compost/mulch (fresh)
  • garlic/onion
  • yeast/fermented
  • cabbage (dimethyl sulphide
  • seaweed

Chemical/solvent

  • alcohol/medicinal
  • paint thinners/spray paint (acetone)
  • sour/acidic
  • metallic/foundry (phenols)
  • sweet (esters)

Animal origin

  • tannery/skin & hides
  • urine (uric acid/ammonia)
  • manure (faeces)
  • fishy (amines)
  • livestock
  • chicken/poultry
  • rendering

Rotting/putrid

  • garbage/rubbish
  • rotten eggs (hydrogen sulphide)
  • organic/compost (decayed)
  • sewage/septic
  • milk or dairy (rancid)
  • dead animal meat (rotten)

Burnt/smoky

  • rubber
  • plastic
  • feathers/hair
  • wood/woodsmoke
  • waste/landfill

Reviewed 30 December 2019