What is trade waste?
Trade waste is waterborne waste from any commercial or industrial activity that is discharged to the sewer.
Trade waste excludes domestic wastewater, for example toilets, showers, hand washing and non-commercial kitchens.
Managing trade waste
It’s important to manage trade waste as it may contain substances that cause blockages or damage to our sewerage system or the environment, or pose a risk to our workers.
Contaminants of concern include fats, heavy metals, ammonia, solvents, petroleum hydrocarbons and other chemicals.
To allow us to manage these risks, any business that discharges trade waste to the sewer needs trade waste approval.
More information and factsheets
For more information on trade waste, contact Townsville Water on 1300 878 001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also download the following PDF factsheets which have been designed to answer common queries.
- Managing Trade Waste Factsheet (PDF)
- Trade Waste Charges Factsheet (PDF)
- Automotive Industry Trade Waste Factsheet (PDF)
- Food Industry Trade Waste Factsheet (PDF)
- Trade Waste Grease Traps Factsheet (PDF)
- Trade Waste Sewer Admission Limits Factsheet (PDF)
- Trade Waste Improvement Program Factsheet (PDF)
- Ammonia Factsheet (PDF)
These documents are also available for download: