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Trade Waste Bylaw review

We're making a new Trade Waste Bylaw to replace our existing bylaw before it expires in 2022. The new bylaw includes a few changes. Have your say using the online form below.

What does the Trade Waste Bylaw cover?

The Trade Waste Bylaw applies to wastewater discharges from trade premises. This includes industrial and commercial businesses. It also includes food premises with kitchens. Premises that discharge trade waste may need a trade waste consent issued under the bylaw for their trade waste discharge. Whether consent is required or not depends on the characteristics of the trade waste discharge.

What changes are being proposed?

Most of the bylaw is unchanged, but there are a few areas where changes are being proposed:

  • Introducing a new controlled trade waste category. This is trade waste which complies with all of the permitted characteristics for trade waste, but which exceeds 5m3 volume per day. Trade waste discharged under this category would be charged for every m3 of trade waste above 5m3.
  • Adding a new clause that enables the Council to require a permanent sink screen to be installed for kitchen sinks in food premises where there are complaints about odour. This is to address a problem that can arise when food scraps are flushed from the sink into the grease interceptor, and they begin to cause a bad odour. If the Council receives complaints about odour related to food scraps caught in the grease interceptor, the Council could require a permanent sink screen to be installed. 
  • Clarifying that penalty charges can be included as a condition of a trade waste consent. Most trade waste consents already include penalty charges, but the proposed bylaw would make it clear that these penalty charges, and the rates of those charges, can be set as a condition of the consent.
  • Changing the organisation responsible for certifying tankered waste collectors from WasteMINZ to the New Zealand Trade and Industrial Waters Forum (NZTIWF). We’re also proposing to allow tankered waste collectors to hold either a certificate of registration for offensive trade or a resource consent.
  • Requiring renewal applications of an existing trade waste consent to be received eight weeks before the consent expires. This is to ensure that the Council has sufficient time to review the application. If the application is received by this time, the existing consent may be continued while the application is being reviewed. If it’s not received by this time, then the existing consent may expire before a renewed consent is issued, and the trade waste discharge would have to cease until consent is given.

There are other, minor changes proposed. For details, please download the Statement of Proposal, which includes a copy of the draft Bylaw and Administration Manual.