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Odour Control

Odour Complaints

Please report odour complaints to:

French Creek Pollution
Control Centre call
250 248 5794

Nanoose Bay Pollution
Control Centre call
250 248 5794

Greater Nanaimo Pollution
Control Centre call
250 758 1157

After hours call
1 800 862 3429


FCPCC scrubbers
Biological scrubbers at FCPCC

Odour Complaints

Our target is to get no odour complaints but if you smell something you believe is related to an RDN facility, we encourage you to report it as soon as you can so we can accurately investigate the cause (and potentially relieve the odour). Investigations look at wind direction, plant activities and other events taking place in the community.

What Causes Odour?

Most of the odours that arise during wastewater treatment are caused by the breakdown of partially digested food. The most of the unpleasant odours are based on food containing nitrogen or sulphur.

For example, proteins produce particularly unpleasant odours since all proteins contain nitrogen and some also contain sulphur. In contrast, carbohydrates and fats do not contain nitrogen, but some contain sulphur.

What Is Being Done To Control Odour?

The following activities reduce or eliminate odours from FCPCC: The following activities reduce or eliminate odours from GNPCC:

Annual Events

Every year, herring spawn off the shores near French Creek. Roe wash up on nearby beaches in April and decompose into the summer. The decomposing eggs release hydrogen sulphide and winds can carry the odors towards the highway and FCPCC. Occasionally, odours detected around FCPCC are caused by herring roe. Click here for more information.


Wastewater Services | 6300 Hammond Bay Road | Nanaimo, BC V9T 6N2 | E-mail: rcu@rdn.bc.ca
Telephone: 250-390-6560 (Nanaimo) 250-954-3792 (Oceanside) 1-877-607-4111 (Toll Free)
1-800-862-3429 (Emergency) | 250-390-1542 (Fax)
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