Disposing commercial waste

Businesses proposing to discharge liquid trade waste into a Council sewer must obtain prior approval.  Find information on fees and charges, exceptions and the application process.

What is liquid trade waste (LTW)?

LTW is a liquid waste produced by a business, commercial or industrial activity. It excludes domestic waste from a hand washbasin, shower, bath or toilet. It also excludes stormwater and unpolluted water. LTW includes liquids from:

  • industrial premises
  • business or commercial premises such as a café, hotel, motel, restaurant, butcher or supermarket
  • community/public premises such as schools, colleges, universities, hospitals and nursing homes
  • trade activities such as a mechanical workshop
  • any commercial activities carried out at a residential premises
  • saleyards and racecourses
  • septic tank waste, chemical toilet waste, waste from marine pump-out facilities and establishing sites for the discharge of pan content from mobile homes and caravans to the sewerage system.

While septic tanks, pan and ship-to-shore pump-out wastes are defined as trade waste, specific procedures need to be applied to their management as the waste is often transported from its source to the sewerage system.

For more detailed information, visit our Commercial Waste Services page.


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Last updated : Fri 24 Aug 2018