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Dust pollution

The Environmental Protection Unit investigates complaints about dust nuisance from commercial premises including building sites.

What is a nuisance from dust?

If you are experiencing dust caused by the activities of a commercial premises or building site we are able to help. We will have to prove that a statutory nuisance is being caused to take formal action. However we will always speak to the person responsible for generating the dust prior to the consideration of any formal action to discuss minimising the levels to an acceptable level at the earliest opportunity.

Construction sites

Dust nuisance can be an issue during construction and demolition work, resulting from activities such as earthworks, the cutting of materials and in particular, vehicles using haul roads which results in resuspension of deposited dust. Best Practice Guidance has been produced in partnership by the Greater London Authority and London councils:

Waste facilities

If you experience dust generated on a site handling waste this will be covered by a condition to its Environmental Permit. This is enforced by the Environment Agency (EA) (opens in a new window) who should be contacted on 0800 80 70 60.

All other sites

Dust is also an issue at quarries and some other industrial sites. Certain industrial premises are also issued with an Environmental Permit covering emissions to air. View our pages on industrial emissions (opens in a new window) to see which sites are regulated by the Borough or by the Environment Agency.

Typical operational sources include stack emissions, stockpiling and the loading and unloading of materials. 

Control measures

Methods to reduce the risk of causing dust nuisance include the following:

  • fitting and maintaining of grit and dust arrestment plant
  • use of water to dampen down work areas
  • installation of wheel-washing facilities at site entrances/exits
  • water spraying of haul roads and stockpiles
  • reduction of speeds on haul roads
  • seeding stockpiles for long-term cover
  • treating stockpiles with bonding agents
  • sheeting of vehicles
  • using sealed or sheeted containers/skips for waste materials
  • erecting barriers or sheeting around works
  • use of chutes to move materials eg from height into skips

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