Trade Waste

Manawatu District Council manages a wastewater system so that all liquid waste from residential, commercial and industrial sites can be safely transported, treated and disposed.

What is Trade Waste?

This is any liquid discharged from a commercial or industrial premise. Trade waste can contain a number of substances detrimental to the health and safety of wastewater personnel, the sewerage system, treatment plant processes and the environment. Under the local Government Act 2002 Part 8, District Councils have been empowered to create bylaws surrounding this.

Trade Wastes Bylaw

The Trade Wastes Bylaw (PDF file, 1.8 MB) sets out the conditions under which the Council accepts discharge of trade waste into the wastewater reticulation system.

Why Do We Manage Trade Waste Discharge?

  • To provide for the health and safety of everyone working in proximity of the wastewater system
  • To safeguard our rivers from the harmful substances produced by trade waste
  • To protect the reticulation network and treatment plants
  • To ensure the production of acceptable quality effluent and biosolids
  • To encourage waste minimisation, water conservation and cleaner production
  • To recover reasonable costs associated with the additional maintenance and treatment necessary with trade waste
  • To help the District manage its consent responsibilities

Trade Waste Permit

Most commercial manufacturing or trade businesses that discharge to the wastewater system will need to apply to the Manawatu District Council for a Trade Waste Permit.

For further information, please contact our Trade Waste Officer on 06 323 0000.