Trade Waste

Required for food processing Large or Small, Manufacturing, Powder Coating Industry, etc.

Here at CPM we specialise in Trade Waste Solutions. Every situation is different, which makes getting the right advice for you situation critical.

5 things you need to know about trade waste to help with application.

1. You will need a specialized plumber in the trade waste area. With 38 years experience in the Industry you can rest assured John Bolch and the team have the expertise required.
2. You will need to provide the volume of trade waste (litres) each day you are going to produce.
3. You will need to provide the MSDS of product you use in the process and cleaning.
4. You will need to allow 10 weeks to process an application.
5. You will require ongoing maintenance of the system you install. Here at CPM we have a maintenance team that take care of that for you.

Commercial trade waste contains large amounts of fats and oils, which can solidify in sewers and cause blockages. If your business discharges commercial trade waste, then you will need a commercial trade waste consent.

It is an offence to discharge commercial waste without a commercial waste consent. Water authority’s conduct a monitoring program to identify offenders. Severe penalties apply, including fines and possible criminal prosecution for breaches.

What do you need to do?

Commercial trade waste discharge is only permitted after a written application has been received by Water authority’s and the trade waste is assessed as acceptable.
For the waste to be acceptable it must first be pre-treated in a food and oil interceptor of a sufficient size for the volume of waste water generated by your business activities.
The size and type of your business needs to be taken into account when planning your trade waste requirements, i.e. You own a Restaurant you’ll need to supply
1. The number of kitchen fixtures that generate wastewater (such as sinks and dishwashers)
2. The council registered seating capacity.
3. MSDS of products used

We will use this information to establish the correct size food and oil interceptor for your business. Council approval may also be required for all internal food and oil interceptor installations.
You can obtain a copy of the food and oil interceptor sizing criteria by phoning us at our Trade Waste team on (03) 9706 6881.

Trade waste overview

Our Trade Waste team provides a commercially viable and customer focused trade waste service. It also helps manage the Trade Waste Agreement process and related matters.
The team at CPM is committed to assisting various water authorities’ in achieving its key objectives for Trade Waste, including to:
• Protect the health and safety of people working in the system
• Protect sewerage systems
• Protect the treatment works
• Minimize environmental impacts
• Maximize opportunities for reuse of waste water
• Maximize opportunities for the reuse of bio solids.

Frequently asked Questions re Trade Waste:

What is trade waste?

Trade Waste is any wastewater discharged from commercial, industrial, laboratory or trade activities, specifically excluding any wastewater discharged from private residential premises.

In accordance with our Water and Sewerage Licence we are empowered to manage trade waste by the Water Act 1989. The role of our Trade Waste is to provide a commercially viable and customer focused trade waste transfer service while not accepting waste that doesn’t meet with our requirements. It also manages the Trade Waste Agreement process and associated matters.

What is a Trade Waste Agreement?

All Trade Waste customers require a Trade Waste Agreement or Consent prior to any discharge commencing. This is required by law and is necessary in order to effectively manage the risks associated with the trade waste. The Agreement is essentially a performance contract between the customer and the Water authority. There are essentially six types of Trade Waste Agreements:

  1. Industrial Trade Waste Agreement: Issued to all Industrial Trade Waste customers that produce trade waste effluent that is considered a medium to high risk.
  2. Industrial Trade Waste Consent: Provided to Industrial Trade Waste customers that are considered low in risk.
  3. Commercial Trade Waste Consent: Primarily targeted to manage the risks associated with the disposal of greasy food waste into the sewer from commercial food premises such as Restaurants, Café’s, Bakeries, Take Away Food Outlets, Butchers, etc.
  4. Food Waste Agreement: Designed specifically for customers who dispose food waste to sewer via food disposal units, and potato and vegetable peelers.
  5. Tankered Waste Agreement: Allows EPA licensed waste transporters to cart and dispose of waste from septic tanks to specified sewage dumping points, at specified times.
  6. Emergency Trade Waste Agreement: This covers circumstances when a special one – off Trade Waste Discharge Agreement may be issued to a customer for a limited period of time.

How does the risk ranking system associated with accepting trade waste work?

We assign all Trade Waste customers a Risk Ranking based on their business activities, trade waste volume and quality, their history and their location in relation to proximity to a sewage treatment plant. The ranking system ranges from 1 to 5. Risk Rank 1 customers pose the highest risk and Risk Rank 5 customers the least. It also determines the frequency of Site Inspections and Self Monitoring.

How are non-compliance issues dealt with?

Occasionally a Trade Waste customer may fail to comply with one or more of the conditions set out in their Trade Waste Agreement. In these circumstances, we have the ability under the Water Industry Act and Water Industry Regulations to issue a Notice of Non-Compliance to the customer. Some Water authority’s uses a three-stage Non-Compliance process outlined in the Trade Waste Information booklet.

What can I expect from a site inspection?

Site inspections are carried out regularly, and the Trade Waste Officer will take a sample of the trade waste effluent if there is a discharge to sewer.
Site inspections also provide an opportunity for the Water authority officers and the customer to discuss any trade waste issues, such as waste management and cleaner production.

What are Trade Waste standards?

Industrial Trade Waste Agreements and Consents have a Schedule of Standards for trade waste discharged to the sewerage system. This schedule outlines all the chemical parameter limits that can be accepted into the sewage system, and is available upon if requested