Trade Waste - New Management Plan

Whitsunday Regional Council has approved a new Trade Waste Policy and Management Plan, which will be rolled out across the region over the next three years.

The new plan will ensure the region's waste and water treatment plants operate as efficiently and safely as possible for the community, employees, sewerage system and the environment.

For all properties and businesses which require a Trade Waste Approval permit from Council, there will be some important changes to the fees and categories under the new Plan.

The rollout of the new Plan will take place in stages over the next three years, with ongoing information, help and resources provided by Council to all property owners and businesses who operate under a Trade Waste Approval permit.


Key Changes under the New Plan

  • The property owner (landlord) will now be responsible for the installation and maintenance of pre-treatment devices (for example, grease traps, oil separators, neutralising pits etc), not the tenant.

  • The annual trade waste approval fees will be billed to the property owner and not the tenant.

  • Volume charging will also be introduced into the fee structure. The new fees and charges are designed to be fair and equitable, based on a ‘user pays’ system.

  • Any new businesses applying for a Trade Waste Approval will go straight onto the new system of fees and charges from July 2017 (dependant of fee structure resolved).


Why is Trade Waste management important?

Trade waste will often contain chemicals, hydrocarbons, oils, fats, grease and heavy metals which place an extra load on the sewerage system and require additional treatment.

Trade waste charges are intended to cover the cost to ratepayers of collection, transportation and treatment of trade waste, and the ongoing maintenance of the sewerage system.

As trade waste customers are the biggest users of water besides agriculture in the region, introducing volume charges will help encourage water saving measures and delay the need to upgrade water infrastructure in the region.


Next Steps

  1. All affected property owners and businesses will be offered a meeting with Council staff to discuss the changes in person.

  2. Public Information Sessions will be held throughout the rollout for the wider public and for those who cannot attend a face-to-face meeting with Council. Details to be advised.

  3. Many businesses have already been sampled to determine which category each property falls into, with the remaining to be finalised over the coming months. There are no volumetric fees associated with this categorisation process. Council staff will continue to visit trade waste customers to assist them with the new trade waste policy and to explain good housekeeping techniques to minimise trade waste.

Whitsunday Regional Council has approved a new Trade Waste Policy and Management Plan, which will be rolled out across the region over the next three years.

The new plan will ensure the region's waste and water treatment plants operate as efficiently and safely as possible for the community, employees, sewerage system and the environment.

For all properties and businesses which require a Trade Waste Approval permit from Council, there will be some important changes to the fees and categories under the new Plan.

The rollout of the new Plan will take place in stages over the next three years, with ongoing information, help and resources provided by Council to all property owners and businesses who operate under a Trade Waste Approval permit.


Key Changes under the New Plan

  • The property owner (landlord) will now be responsible for the installation and maintenance of pre-treatment devices (for example, grease traps, oil separators, neutralising pits etc), not the tenant.

  • The annual trade waste approval fees will be billed to the property owner and not the tenant.

  • Volume charging will also be introduced into the fee structure. The new fees and charges are designed to be fair and equitable, based on a ‘user pays’ system.

  • Any new businesses applying for a Trade Waste Approval will go straight onto the new system of fees and charges from July 2017 (dependant of fee structure resolved).


Why is Trade Waste management important?

Trade waste will often contain chemicals, hydrocarbons, oils, fats, grease and heavy metals which place an extra load on the sewerage system and require additional treatment.

Trade waste charges are intended to cover the cost to ratepayers of collection, transportation and treatment of trade waste, and the ongoing maintenance of the sewerage system.

As trade waste customers are the biggest users of water besides agriculture in the region, introducing volume charges will help encourage water saving measures and delay the need to upgrade water infrastructure in the region.


Next Steps

  1. All affected property owners and businesses will be offered a meeting with Council staff to discuss the changes in person.

  2. Public Information Sessions will be held throughout the rollout for the wider public and for those who cannot attend a face-to-face meeting with Council. Details to be advised.

  3. Many businesses have already been sampled to determine which category each property falls into, with the remaining to be finalised over the coming months. There are no volumetric fees associated with this categorisation process. Council staff will continue to visit trade waste customers to assist them with the new trade waste policy and to explain good housekeeping techniques to minimise trade waste.

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  • When is consultation/meeting for Cannonvale to be held?

    quest2sea asked 4 months ago

    Hello,

    At this stage, Council officers are meeting face-to-face with affected property owners and tenants and if you would like us to visit, please call us on 4945 0614 to arrange a time.

    If you would prefer to wait until the public information sessions, these are intended to be held in October, with final dates and locations to be advised. We will advertise here, in the newspaper and online once we have confirmed details.