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Wood Smoke Pollution

Wood Smoke Reduction Program

Wood heaters, they’re warm and cosy.

Just watching the flames can make a dull winter’s day brighter.

Wood heating is great way to heat your home. However you probably never thought about it, but smoke from wood heaters can also be a major source of pollution at this time of the year.

The Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils (REROC) and Cootamundra Shire Council are working to reduce the pollution from wood heaters in the Shire. We want to make sure that residents not only get the best out of their wood heaters but also that heaters produce as little smoke as possible.

If your heater is producing too much smoke then that’s costing you money. Excessive smoke means that your heater is not burning as efficiently as it should and that means that heat that should be warming your home is instead heading up the chimney as smoke.

To help residents get more from their wood heaters, we have ten chimney and wood heater checks to give away. If you would like to be in the running for a check then please complete our Wood Heater survey, you can pick a survey up at your local library or council offices or you can complete one on-line at

The following is an ad produced for the program woodsmoke.wmv


Smoke from wood heaters is a major cause of air pollution. Not only is a smoking fire wasting your money, but the air pollution it causes can also affect our health.  If you can see or smell smoke then you are causing a problem for yourself, your family and your neighbours.

EPA - Woodsmoke Pollution 

Contact Details

Environment Protection Authority

Phone: 131555Fax: 02 99955999


Wood Smoke Reduction Information (PDF 57KB)