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This guidance sheet forms part of a series of guidance sheets on preventing and managing offensive odours, and should be read in conjunction with EPA Victoria’s Odour Guidance for Industry webpage.
Figure 1 – how stack height results in good odour dispersion (top), and poor odour dispersion (bottom)
A stack is a type of chimney used to exhaust gases into the outside air. Stacks work by releasing gases high and fast enough so that odour emissions are widely dispersed. This means odours are less likely to impact on nearby sensitive receptors. Gas emissions may require treatment with other odour prevention methods before they are exhausted through a stack.
If your business generates odorous gases, then a stack is a recommended way to release these treated gases into the outside air.
Suitable for: any gaseous odours.
Industries that would use this: any industry that treats or produces odorous gases could benefit from a stack.
For effect odour reduction, it is important to ensure your stack meets the following requirements:
For more comprehensive information on stacks see relevant Australian standards:
Stationary source emissions selection of sampling positions
Page last updated on 18 Jun 2019