Rosebank Advocates JUNE – Have your say on Trade Waste Bylaw changes

With Dr Grant Hewison, specialising in local government consultancy and legal services.

Auckland Council is asking for feedback on proposed changes to its Trade Waste Bylaw 2013.
All businesses within Rosebank are regulated under the bylaw, either as low risk dischargers, or by being subject to a trade waste agreement. As part of the five-yearly bylaw review process, the Council has checked to see how well the current rules are working, and what improvements could be made. Public consultation has opened and closes on 10 June.
Trade premises across Auckland discharge trade waste into the public wastewater system every day. Examples of trade waste include wastewater from food, chemical, pharmaceutical, metal, bitumen, concrete, paint and detergent manufacturing. It is important to have effective controls in place as these discharges can have a harmful effect on wastewater pipes, the environment and public health. This bylaw is about reducing these sorts of harmful effects.
Through the bylaw, Auckland Council makes rules that require occupiers of trade premises who discharge trade waste to meet minimum discharge standards.
After a review, Council is suggesting some changes to make the bylaw more effective and improve understanding of how it regulates trade waste.
The proposed changes to the bylaw will not include a review of the fees and charges for trade waste discharges.
You can have your say on-line or by email: tradewastebylaw@water.co.nz