Air quality in Newham

How you can help reduce air pollution

There are number of behavioural changes and steps you can take to help to improve air quality.  

  • Eat less meat and dairy products 
  • Buy local produce if possible and available 
  • Walk and cycle more or for short journeys  
  • Use public transport wherever possible 
  • Avoid short journeys as they are far less efficient for your vehicle 
  • Car share, particularly on popular journeys such as the school run 
  • Drive smoothly, at the same speed and at the speed limit, so you can make sure you use fuel more efficiently and reduce emissions (waste from car exhausts) 
  • Make sure you look after your vehicle and that it meets standards for emissions. 
  • Compost garden waste, don’t burn it – bonfires cause air pollution and can annoy neighbours; we can take legal action against you if you keep using bonfires 
  • Use local services for waste treatment and removal of rubbish 
  • Recycle 
  • Use our green and garden waste services 
  • Use paints, varnishes, glues, wood preservatives with a water base or use products with a low solvent content. 

Report dust, smoke or other nuisances

For complaints about pollution and odour from large industry:


If you think you smell gas, call The National Grid immediately on 0800 111 999

To learn more about air pollution, please visit Air Aware website: For actions Newham are taking to tackle air pollution in the borough, refer to Newham’s Air Quality Action Plan progress and delivery.