Consultation Begins on Trade Waste

Consultation Begins on Trade Waste

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Public consultation on the South Taranaki District Council’s proposed Trade Waste Bylaw started today (Thursday Oct 20) and will run for two months.

Group Manager of Engineering Services, Brent Manning, says a Trade Waste Bylaw will provide certainty of cost, conditions for connecting and the acceptability of discharge for businesses and households into the future.

“In particular, the proposed Bylaw will improve the management and protection of our public wastewater system and more fairly distribute the cost of treating trade waste,” he says.

“The proposed Bylaw will also put us in a better position to protect our community and the environment from the adverse effects of harmful substances being discharged into the wastewater system.”

Key features in the proposed Trade Waste Bylaw include:
• Licensing all premises which discharge trade waste to the Council system to one of four categories; Permitted, Controlled, Conditional and Prohibited
• Introduction of annual $130 fee for premises in the Controlled and Conditional categories
• Introduction of unit charges for premises in the Conditional category
• Employing a Trade Waste Officer to undertake monitoring and enforcement
• Stricter conditions/penalties for premises which don’t comply
Mr Manning says the Council currently has individual trade waste agreements with five of the six major wet industries in South Taranaki, however it’s expected that these would in time fall under the new Bylaw once it was adopted.

The Council anticipates that the Bylaw would come into effect by July 2017, with a transitional period for industries with existing trade waste agreements.

Copies of the proposal, along with a summary of the key elements, and submission forms are available by clicking here or from any LibraryPlus centre. A public information evening is also being held at 6pm on Thursday 3 November at the Hawera Community Centre, Theatre Lounge (Albion St) for anyone interested in finding out more about the proposal.

For more information on the proposal contact the STDC on 0800 111 323.