Liquid Trade Waste
Posted 2nd February, 2012 by Development and Environment Team
Wastes generated by industry, small businesses, commercial enterprises, etc. are often referred to as trade waste. Under the Local Government Act 1993, Councils which provide sewerage services have the power and responsibility to manage and control the disposal of trade wastes into the sewer.
Sewerage systems are generally designed to cater for waste from domestic sources which are essentially of predictable strength and quality. Liquid trade wastes, by comparison, may exert greater demands on sewerage systems and, if uncontrolled, can cause serious problems to a sewerage scheme or the environment.
To ensure the proper control of liquid trade waste discharges to the sewer, the council has adopted a local liquid trade waste approvals policy. This policy has been developed with the main aims of protecting public health and the safety of the council’s employees, protection of the environment and prevention of nuisance and damage to the sewerage system.
The owners of affected properties are now required to enter into formal trade waste agreements with Council, and pay the Council related charges for non-residential properties that discharge liquid trade waste to the sewerage system. Previously the occupiers of these premises were responsible for such payments. Liquid trade waste properties include (but are not limited to); properties that prepare hot foods and have greasy waste discharges, such as food shops, bakeries, supermarkets, restaurants, hotels, motels, clubs, hospitals, hostels, school canteens; and also includes mechanical workshops and discharges from some industries.