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In 2015 Queanbeyan City Council resolved to address environmental issues affecting Council’s renewable assets. As a result Council has reviewed and updated its management of trade waste discharge into our sewer network.

This brings Council and trade waste customers in line with Liquid Trade Waste Regulation Guidelines and Best Practice Management of Water Supply and Sewerage Guidelines and establishes a fairer system for business and the community. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Liquid Trade Waste

1. What is the difference between liquid trade waste usage and sewerage usage?

Sewerage usage is charged to all businesses and covers the cost of the treatment of domestic waste (toilets, hand basins, showers and baths) discharged into the sewerage system.

Liquid trade waste usage is charged to those businesses generating pre-treated liquid waste other than domestic waste into the sewerage system (i.e. grease and oil from mechanical workshops)


2. Why is regulation of liquid trade waste important?

Council is responsible for regulating liquid waste dischargers so waste does not cause major harm to the environment and to public health and safety. Council must maintain sewage treatment processes and liquid trade waste in the system can compromise effluent and bio-solids and damage the water and sewer infrastructure. Other issues include potential flooding of the sewerage system; significant odour complaints and compromise the health and safety of Council workers.


3. What has changed with Council’s management of liquid trade waste discharge?

In early 2015 Council resolved to address environmental issues affecting its renewable assets. As a result Council has reviewed and updated its management of liquid trade waste discharge into our sewer network. This brings Council and trade waste customers in line with NSW Liquid Trade Waste Regulation Guidelines and Best Practice Management of Water Supply and Sewerage. It establishes a fairer system for business and community and is environmentally responsible.

In the 2014/15 financial year liquid trade waste customers were charged an annual charge, which was included on the annual rates. The charges associated with liquid trade waste will now be included on your quarterly instalment notice.


4. Who is responsible for liquid trade waste charges?

All liquid trade waste charges are billed to the property owner (the ratepayer). If the property owner is not the business operator, the owner may pass on the trade waste fees and charges to the business if provided for in an agreement, such as a tenancy agreement. The fees and charges for liquid trade waste will be levied until written notice has been received by Council from the property owner stating the business/activity identified is no longer in operation or is moving premises. Cleanout and/or disconnection of pre-treatment installations may be required before Council can cease billing at the property.


5. What fees are associated with liquid trade waste?

If your business discharges liquid trade waste to the sewerage system, the following fees will apply:

  • Application fee
  • Annual liquid trade waste fee
  • Annual usage charge
  • Reinspection fee

You may view Council’s fees and charges for 2015/16 here.


6. How can I reduce my liquid trade waste bill?

Some businesses will be charged a usage charge for the volume of liquid trade waste discharged to the sewerage system. This charge is calculated as a percentage of liquid trade waste discharged, compared to the consumption of water for the property. By reducing your water usage, the usage charges, if applicable, may be minimised. Go to Council’s website for tips for reducing wastewater discharge.


7. Do I need approval to discharge trade waste into the system?

If you have an existing business, or are proposing a new business activity and that activity generates liquid waste that is discharged into the sewerage system, then it is a legal requirement that you lodge a Liquid Trade Waste Application with Council.

Common types of business activities in Queanbeyan that require liquid trade waste approval are: cafés, bakeries, hotels, motels, clubs, mechanical workshops, truck depots, car wash and detailers, child care centres, panel beaters, service stations, beauticians, florists, equipment hire, lawnmower repairs, motorcycle repairs, butchers, function centres, dentists, drying cleaners, glass manufacturers, laundromats, metal processing, optical services.


8. What happens if I don’t get approval?

If your business is discharging a liquid trade waste without an approval, or is non-compliant with the conditions of an approval, your business is committing an offence and Council may issue a fine, penalty notice, clean-up notice or prevention notice and/or non-compliance fee. Council may also revoke your approval or disconnect your trade waste service.