The main cause of pollution in Middlesbrough is traffic. Although emission limits set for new cars are reducing the pollutants being emitted, this is counteracted by the increasing number of cars on our roads. Controls on industry place limits on the emissions produced, and permits, regulation, and enforcement ensure these limits are adhered to.
Air quality in Middlesbrough is monitored at two static sites. We also have a network of tubes across the town which measure the levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), which is usually associated with vehicle emissions.
If you're worried about emissions like smoke or dust from residential, commercial, or industrial chimneys, you can report this to the Public Protection Service.
You can also report odours from commercial or industrial premises. The laws on air pollution and nuisance do not include odours from residential properties, so we would not usually investigate these.
Reporting air pollution
You can let us know about a problem with air pollution using Report It. Choose 'Air Quality & Smoke Pollution' from the drop-down menu, then tick 'Air quality complaint'.
Using Report It
- Choose the location you'd like to make a report about, either by locating it on the map or typing in the postcode
- Please note, you aren't able to 'Filter type of issue' as for confidentiality reasons, we don't show the locations of reports about air pollution
- Once you've found the right location, click 'Next'
- Choose 'Air Quality & Smoke Pollution' for 'Type of issue'
- Choose 'Air quality complaint'
- Give details of your complaint, and attach any photos you have as evidence
- Confirm the address which you selected on the previous page
- Click 'Next'
- Type in or confirm your personal details, or choose to make an anonymous report
- Click 'Submit'