Air emissions can sometimes be a problem that may affect communities close to our Maryvale mill operations.
The pulp and paper manufacturing process commonly results in the release of emissions into the air, some of which may have unpleasant but non-hazardous odours.
Pulp processing only takes place at Australian Paper’s Maryvale mill in Victoria and as such, the mill is the primary source of odour complaints. The mill has undergone significant development over the past 70 years, including a sustained effort to reduce odour emissions. A major upgrade in 2009 has resulted in fewer odour complaints from local communities over time.
Strict controls are in place to minimise air emissions to ensure compliance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations in Victoria and in New South Wales.
At the national level, we report to the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI), which is managed by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.
We continued to monitor and report our NOx and SOx emissions across our Maryvale mill – a mandatory requirement of our operating licence.
For more information on how we manage air quality and emissions, read our 2013 Sustainability Report.