Trade Waste

A Trade Waste Policy has been adopted to minimise the entry to the sewerage system of all substances which cannot be effectively treated and to ensure that Bundaberg Regional Council adequately protects workers, assets and receiving waters from harmful trade waste substances.

It is illegal to discharge trade waste to the sewer unless the person holds a Trade Waste Approval from Bundaberg Regional Council as the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008 states:-

A person must not discharge any trade waste into:

  1. Stormwater drainage; or
  2. Sewerage, other than under a permit or approval issued by the local government.


An application duly signed by the Waste Generator or the Owner must be lodged with the Council in respect to any premises where trade waste is generated or likely to be generated and is required to be submitted:

  • following the processing of a development or building application for a premises.
  • by a change of tenancy of a premises.
  • resulting from the change of ownership of a premises.
  • from existing premises where trade waste is generated and Councils infrastructure is affected.

Applications should fully detail the proposed uses for the site and include details of methods proposed for providing on site pre-treatment of trade wastes which will be required to reduce the amount of waste generated. Plans of proposed methods for pre-treatment, should be forwarded to Council for consideration with the application.

An Application fee is payable when the application is lodged from 1 July 2013 as per Bundaberg Regional Council Fees and Charges.

Plumbing and drainage work associated with the installation of any pre-treatment processes shall comply with the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003.

While a plumbing compliance permit is a prerequisite of a Trade Waste Approval, it is not an approval to discharge trade waste to Council’s sewerage infrastructure.  It is necessary to apply separately to the Trade Waste section of Water & Wastewater in Infrastructure & Planning Services for a Trade Waste Approval.

Council's Trade Waste Application», Trade Waste Policy» and Trade Waste Management Plan» can be found by clicking on the links provided.


Council are continually making improvements with it’s Trade Waste Management, which will have many benefits, including:

  • Minimising your trade waste, and moving towards a user-pays approach for businesses based on the strength and volume of discharge.
  • An education programme that highlights the importance of this activity
  • Potential to reduce odour complaints
  • Better protection of important infrastructure, including our sewerage network and treatment plants
  • A regional approach to trade waste so that businesses throughout Bundaberg Regional Council’s region pay for their trade waste, and
  • Assisting businesses in meeting their Trade Waste Compliance requirements in accordance with Council’s Trade Waste Policy.