Reach out, your voice is important!

The more data on record, the easier it is for officials to trace where the odor is coming from and do something about it.

How to Report a Nuisance Odor

1. Know Your Rights

State law WAC 173-350-220 governs composting facilities:

“The owner or operator of a composting facility must… control air contaminants such as dust and nuisance odors to prevent other contaminants from migrating beyond property boundaries….”

2. Collect Some Data Using FIDO

3. Learn to Describe That Smell

As organic waste decomposes, chemicals are emitted. Each has a unique “odor signature,” meaning that it smells a certain way—like that “rotten egg” smell we all know. In composting, a particular odor can mean something is off in the process. Scientists developed the Odor Wheel to help people identify what they might be smelling when downwind from a composting facility—and what could be out of balance.

4. Know Who to Call, by County

KING, KITSAP, PIERCE & SNOHOMISH

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
website: www.pscleanair.org/contact/Pages/complaint.aspx
ph: 800-552-3565, ext. 6

Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Pacific & Thurston

Olympic Region Clean Air Agency
website: www.orcaa.org/contact/complaint
ph: 800-422-5623

Island, Skagit & Whatcom

Northwest Clean Air Agency
email: info@nwcleanair.org
ph: 360-428-1617

CHELAN, DOUGLAS, KITTITAS & OKANOGAN

WA State Department of Ecology
email: croerts@ecy.wa.gov

YOUR COUNTY NOT LISTED?

Find out who to contact here: www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/PDFS/Control_Officers.pdf

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