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Monday, 18 October 2021

New trade waste consent process introduced

Queenstown Lakes District businesses that discharge trade waste will soon be asked to apply for a trade waste consent

Queenstown Lakes District businesses that discharge trade waste will soon be asked to apply for a trade waste consent to ensure appropriate steps are being taken to protect both public health and our environment from harm.

Trade waste is the discharge into the reticulated wastewater network from restaurants, takeaway outlets, food processors, car wash outlets, service stations, automotive workshops and more.

Queenstown Lakes District Council Environmental Advisor Rebecca McLeod said the process is a new requirement under the recently adopted Integrated Three Waters Bylaw and would help Council work with businesses to implement sustainable, environmentally-conscious practices.

“While the Council is responsible for building, operating and maintaining the essential infrastructure, we all have a part to play to keep things running smoothly,” she said. “Consenting of trade waste discharges is a new process for QLDC, though it is common practice nationally.”

“It’s so important we all work together to manage trade waste correctly to help prevent blocked sewers, wastewater spills, or ineffective treatment at our wastewater treatment plants.  When inappropriate waste enters the network it can have a negative effect on public health, the health of our waterways, and add to the costs of operating of our wastewater infrastructure,” she said. 

The new process applies to all trade premises in the Queenstown Lakes district.

For more information on what the new process means for businesses and how to apply, please visit https://www.qldc.govt.nz/services/water-services/trade-waste-discharge-consent

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Media contact: communications@qldc.govt.nz or call 03 441 1802.

FURTHER INFORMATION | Kā pāroko tāpiri:

Integrated Three Waters Bylaw: https://www.qldc.govt.nz/media/zdcj2g4l/integrated-three-waters-bylaw.pdf

Integrated Three Waters Bylaw Administration Manual:  https://www.qldc.govt.nz/media/qxubjsny/integrated-three-waters-bylaw-2020-administration-manual-v2.pdf 

Keeping the Queenstown Lakes district’s environment clean, healthy and beautiful is one of Queenstown Lakes District Council’s key priorities and aligns with Beyond Vision 2050 vision statements of Zero Carbon Communities and Deafening Dawn Chorus.  https://www.qldc.govt.nz/media/wgscwzro/qldc-vision-2050-boards-feb19-v2.pdf