What is Trade Waste?
Trade waste is defined under the Water (Safety & Reliability) Act 2008 as being water-borne waste from business, trade or manufacturing premises, other than-
1)Waste that is a prohibited substance; or 2) Human waste; or 3)Stormwater
Do I produce Trade Waste?
Many commercial and industrial businesses, from small bakeries, hairdressers and cafes to large restaurants and metal finishing industries, produce trade waste.
Why worry about Trade waste?
Proper trade waste management assists the Whitsunday Regional Council to protect the environment and its waterways. Our waterways are important environmental attractions to our area and every individual together with Council should take steps to protect them from pollution. Proper management also limits damage to the Whitsunday Regional Councils’ wastewater system, treatment plants and protects public health.
What are my Legal Responsibilities?
Discharging waste to Whitsunday Regional Council’s wastewater system without approval is illegal and can bring penalties. If you are a property owner that has a business on your premises which generates trade waste and discharges it to the sewer it is your responsibility to ensure that you have permission from the Council and have a current “Trade Waste Permit”.
How do I apply for a Trade Waste Permit? Complete the Trade Waste Application Form which is located on the right hand side of this page and submit with the relevant documentation to Council.