Proposed Trade Waste Bylaw 2014

Recent events have demonstrated that the Council’s efforts to prevent unwanted wastes in the wastewater network  by requesting voluntary compliance and undertaking public education campaigns have not stopped fats, oils, grease and other materials entering the public wastewater system. This has a number of adverse impacts:

(a) it may increase Council’s costs of treating wastewater;

(b) it may put the health and safety of people and the environment at risk; and

(c) it may result in the Council having to meet the costs of enforcement action taken by the Otago Regional Council.


The proposed trade waste bylaw 2014 is intended to:

  • Ensure that QLDC meets its legal obligations and addresses compliance issues raised by ORC;
  • Allocates costs in managing and monitoring our network and plant to those creating the problem: i.e. “the polluter pays”;
  • Protect the public wastewater system from damage and provide for its efficient and cost effective operation;
  • Protect the health of the community from potential adverse effects of harmful substances being discharged into the public wastewater system;
  • Protect the environment from adverse effects of harmful substances being discharged into the public wastewater system.


The initial priority area of focus involves fat, oil and grease discharges. There have recently been a number of incidents caused by fats, oil and grease which have caused blockages and sewage overflows which have resulted in costs to Council to water blast and clean its network.


A Statement of Proposal and a copy of the proposed Queenstown Lakes District Council Trade Waste Bylaw 2014 can be downloaded below.

Submissions are now closed.