STEP 1: YOU
What you need to know
Trade waste is any liquid discharged from industrial or business premises into the wastewater system. Discharging directly to the wastewater system can cause blockages, overflows and introduce hazardous substances that can be a health risk to the public and environment.
A trade waste consent is a written agreement to discharge wastewater to the sewer system with set conditions. You may need a trade waste consent if you:
- operate an industrial or commercial activity
- have commercial cooking facilities on-site
- perform other activities requiring trade waste consent under the Hamilton Trade Waste and Wastewater Bylaw.
Getting and maintaining consent
Before any discharge can occur, you will need to apply to Council for a trade waste consent explaining the type of work to be carried out and the discharge. If the discharge is acceptable, Council will issue a consent.
The consent will provide details of:
- the amount of wastewater that can be discharged to the wastewater system
- the type and amount of substances in the wastewater
- the type of pre-treatment needed
- servicing requirements
- the annual cost of the consent compliance monitoring.
The consent will include conditions to prevent:
- sewer overflows
- interference or obstruction to the treatment process or network
- risk to public health and the environment.
All consents are non-transferable. If you sell or close the business, you must give 20 days’ written notice to Council or you may still be liable for associated costs.
For more information about trade waste services please contact us.
0800 357 358
Monitoring trade waste
Council manages wastewater and trade waste sources to prevent damage to our services and infrastructure and the environment. We manage and prevent sewer overflows, blockages, flooding, habitat destruction, and infrastructure damage while reducing the health and safety risk for everyone.
You may have to install a pre-treatment device and have it regularly maintained to meet consent conditions. All accidents and spills either causing damage to or allowing a substance to enter our network must be reported to Council immediately. You may also be asked to install a flow meter, which must be calibrated and monitored regularly so readings of discharge volumes are accurate.
Our staff will occasionally inspect, monitor, test, and sample to check you are complying. We’ll give you at least 24 hours’ notice before entering your property. In an emergency, 24-hour access must be granted to authorised officers without notice.
Improve your trade waste quality
By minimising the pollutants in trade waste, you can protect the health of the public and the environment. By producing less waste overall, your business can save money on trade waste charges and reduce pump outs of your grease traps.
Your business can help by:
- disposing of greasy waste and food scraps into the rubbish bin
- never putting oil down the sink
- training staff on why it is important to keep fats, oils and grease out of drains and sewers
- installing and maintaining grease traps/grease interceptors
- arranging waste oil to be collected by a licensed waste contractor.
For industrial companies, it is important to ensure that only clean rainwater enters the stormwater drains on or near the premises. Your business can help by:
- immediately cleaning all spills and leaks
- preventing wash water from entering the stormwater drains
- ensuring contaminated areas are bonded and wastewater is directed to the sewers
Fees you can expect
You will be charged a fee when you apply for trade waste consent. All businesses that discharge trade waste to the wastewater system will be charged annual trade waste charges. Extra charges will depend on the amount of trade waste being discharged and its nature.
|Note: High users are subject to individual trade waste agreements
|Trade waste Application Fees
|Hourly rate for applications
|Renewal Fee for permitted or conditional Trade Waste Consents
|Variation / Change of Details Request for permitted or conditional consents (plus additional hourly rate for more than 30 minute time noting that site inspection charges may also apply)
|Special trade waste agreements, variations or renewals. Actual costs recovered including but not limited to consultant or legal fees
STEP 2: YOU
Apply for consent
Pre-treatment equipment must be installed before consent is granted. First, contact Council’s Trade Waste Officer for advice on 0800 357 358 or email@example.com.
A registered plumber must complete the work.
Complete the application and submit it to Council with the trade waste application fee:
Hamilton City Council
260 Anglesea Street, Hamilton
Hamilton City Council
Private Bag 3010
STEP 3: COUNCIL
What happens next?
Once we've received your application we will review it and get in touch within 15 working days.
As part of the application process we will:
- check pre-treatment equipment has been installed
- send you an invoice
- provide you a fee receipt
- if approved and once all fees are paid, provide you with a consent number, along with any conditions for the consent.
Last updated 3 August 2023