Muck/sewage sludge spreading

Every spring and autumn we get a number of complaints about the spreading of manure on farmland. Muck spreading is recognised as standard agricultural practice, and as Coventry is surrounded by a great deal of working farmland, such a smell must be expected from time to time. The spreading of pre-treated sewage sludge is perfectly lawful as the sludge is pre treated before spreading and poses no risk to human health.

We will not investigate odour complaints relating to these activities unless the smell is excessive. Farmers are encouraged to use Defra's Codes of Good Agricultural Practice for the Protection of Water, Air and Soil to minimise odour when muck spreading.

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