Trade waste

Trade waste is the liquid discharged from industry, business, trade or manufacturing premises which has the potential to enter the sewerage system. Trade waste may have an organic strength many times that of domestic sewage and can contain other substances which sewage systems are not designed to treat.

Rockhampton Regional Council has a responsibility to manage trade waste under the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008 and the Trade Waste Environmental Management Plan(PDF, 245KB). Under these legislations, it is an offence to discharge trade waste to the sewage system unless a trade waste approval has been issued by Fitzroy River Water.

To apply or renew your trade waste discharge permit you must complete and submit the following three forms to Fitzroy River Water:

Once Fitzroy River Water approves the discharge of trade waste into the sewage system, the trade waste generator (business) is responsible for:

  • Compliance with the permit/agreement conditions
  • Installing, operating and maintaining best practice pre-treatment devices and processes
  • Advising us of any change to the quality and/or quantity of waste generated
  • Supplying trade waste approval, record of maintenance, disposal dockets, Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and other relevant documents upon request.

Installation of a trade waste device is regulated work in accordance with the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018 and requires approval from Rockhampton Regional Council prior to installation.

The Trade Waste Brochure(PDF, 744KB) provides information about trade waste, the approval process and the Trade Waste Management Plan.

The Trade Waste Fact Sheet - Application Guide(PDF, 306KB) outlines the approval process and what is required to gain approval for the disposal of trade waste.

The Trade Waste Fact Sheet - Treatment Device Installation(PDF, 272KB) outlines the steps required to gain approval and install a trade waste treatment device.

View trade waste fees on the Fitzroy River Water Service Request Form.