While our customers may not think about what goes down the drain, we have a whole team dedicated to making sure unsuitable waste isn’t put in the sewer system.
We have limits for our sewer system and regularly monitor our sewer mains to make sure waste is within these limits. We can refuse to accept waste from businesses discharging waste exceeding these limits, as our wastewater (sewerage) treatment plants cannot treat wastewater with high amounts of fats, chemicals etc.
To ensure businesses do the right thing, commercial customers are part of our Trade Waste Program. The aim of the program is to work with businesses to minimise and monitor waste discharges to the sewerage system.
The Water Act 1989 requires any business discharging waste to sewer to enter into a Trade Waste Agreement with us. The agreement outlines the conditions under which Gippsland Water will consent to the discharge of trade waste to our system.
For example, businesses will be required to regularly pump grease and oil from their interceptors and remove the waste material from site.
We receive domestic wastewater from homes and trade waste from businesses. If your property is not a residence, any waste going down the drain is called trade waste.
Trade waste is the liquid waste generated by an industry, business, trade or manufacturing process, which is acceptable for discharge to sewer.
Common types of trade waste are greasy waste and oily waste.
Greasy waste contains fats and grease. It mainly originates from the washing procedure during the preparation of food. Oily waste originates from motor industry processes such as washing engines, washing cars and service stations.
The regular cleaning and removal of grease and oil from your interceptor is your responsibility and must be carried out by an Environment Protection Authority-licensed transporter.
Your trade waste agreement will state how frequently you need to have your pre-treatment apparatus cleaned out.
The purpose of a grease or oil interceptor is to stop grease and oil going into the sewerage system, where it can cause blockages. Depending on the type of business, other types of pre-treatment may also be required. We can help you determine what sort of pre-treatment is required or whether an existing trap needs to be upgraded. A registered plumber will need to be engaged to carry out any works such as this.
The Environment Protection Authority provides the following waste hierarchy which Gippsland Water supports (in order of preference):
In some cases we need businesses to prepare waste management plans, which need to focus on the sources of wastes, waste minimisation and treatment of trade waste.
Some tips to thing about in your daily business activities which will help to reduce greasy waste, protect the environment and save you money are:
If your business appears on the lists below, you need to apply for consent to discharge commercial trade waste.
Cafeterias / Canteens
Clubs with food preparation
Coffee and sandwich shops
Halls with food preparation
Ice cream parlours
Restaurants and Cafes
Take-away food premises
Food production premises
Vehicle wash centres
Panel beating / spray painting
Premises with garbage wash areas
Laboratories (schools and commercial)
Photo lab / chemical
Public swimming pools
Tanneries / wool scourers
Treated timber products
Customers who, by definition in Water Law, discharge Trade Waste, but that:
Businesses deemed to comply
|Beauticians including nail salons||Florists||Food premises where only pre-packaged food is sold.|
|Hairdressers and Barbers||Opticians||veterinarians|
|Tattoo/Piercing establishments||Pet Grooming Salons/Pet washing facilities||Boarding kennels/Catteries|
|Funeral Parlour||Doctor’s Surgery/Clinics (providing no plaster or dental facilities)|
“Deemed” Trade Waste customers are still required to only discharge waste which is compliant with the Gippsland Water Trade Waste Quality Limits also available for view on Gippsland Water’s Web Site.
“Deemed” Trade Waste customers will not incur an annual Trade Waste Charge, other standard water and waste charges will be applied in accordance with Gippsland Water’s Notice of Tariffs.
Should any of the above business types be of a large scale or otherwise differ in nature such that the above descriptions for “Deemed” Trade Waste customers would not reasonably apply, Gippsland Water reserves the right to require such customers to apply for a Trade Waste Agreement and accept the conditions and Annual Charges generally associated with a “Commercial Trade Waste Customer”.
“Small quantities” referred to above would generally mean a waste discharge of less than 1000kl/annum.