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Liquid Trade Waste

Liquid trade waste

Liquid trade waste means all liquid waste other than sewage of a domestic nature.

commercial kitchen Many businesses produce liquid trade waste.

This includes liquid waste from: 

  • Industrial premises,
  • Businesses and commercial premises such as; beauticians, florists, hairdressers, hotels, motels, restaurants, takeaway stores, butchers, service stations, mechanical workshops, supermarkets, dentists,
  • Community and public premises such as; craft clubs, pools, schools, colleges, education facilities, hospitals and nursing homes,
  • Any of the above activities carried out at residential premises, and
  • Septic tank waste, waste from marine pump-out facilities and established sites for the discharge of chemical toilet or pan contents from mobile homes, caravans or portaloos to the sewerage system. 

Shoalhaven Water regulates liquid trade waste discharges in order to:

  • Protect the health and safety of our staff,
  • Protect the health and safety of the public,
  • Protect wastewater system infrastructure and assets,
  • Protect sewerage treatment processes,
  • Reduce maintenance costs,
  • Ensure regulatory and license compliance to protect the environment,
  • Reduce significant odour complaints, and
  • Protect effluent and biosolid quality for facilitation of recycling.

The requirements and procedures for liquid trade waste management are outlined in the liquid trade waste policy. If your business discharges liquid waste other than domestic sewage, you must submit a Liquid Trade Waste Application to Shoalhaven Water, as required under Section 68 of the Local Government Act. This applies to both new and existing trade waste dischargers.

A discharger who fails to obtain approval or fails to comply with the conditions of approval may be prosecuted under section 626 & 627 of the Local Government Act 1993.  The Act also specifies that liquid trade waste fees and charges are to be levied, which are dependent on liquid trade waste discharger category.

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