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  • Christchurch City Council

    Draft Trade Waste Bylaw 2015

    Christchurch City Council is proposing important changes to its Trade Waste Bylaw. These changes could affect you because you may need to reduce the

    amount of fats, oils and greases your business discharges into the public sewer.

    This booklet includes a copy of the new draft Trade Waste Bylaw 2015 and a submission form, so you can send us your feedback.

    We are inviting comments until 13 August 2015.

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    Reduction in permitted discharge levels The most significant proposed change to the Trade Waste Bylaw is the reduction in the maximum level of animal and vegetable fats in “permitted” discharges. The reduction is from 500 grams per cubic metre to 200 grams per cubic metre of trade waste. This is the same level as currently permitted for non-animal and vegetable fats, oils and greases.

    This change would ensure businesses that generate large amounts of greasy wastewater pre-treat their discharge more effectively, and to the same standard enforced by other councils (e.g. Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin).

    As a result, business operators may need to clean out their grease traps more frequently or put in place better fat-collection facilities.

    The proposed change will reduce both the likelihood of sewage overflows and the cost to the Council of clearing fat blockages within the sewerage system.

    The draft Trade Waste Bylaw 2015 includes transitional arrangements so businesses would have time to make necessary changes.

    Other proposed changes The other proposed changes clarify or improve the wording and format of the Trade Waste Bylaw.

    They include:

    • Expansion of the purpose of the Trade Waste Bylaw to include protection of public health, as well as the environment.

    • Improved clauses dealing with tankered waste. Tankered waste is included in the definition of “trade waste”. The changes make it clear that tankered waste must be taken to an approved Council facility or location.

    • Hydro-excavation wastewater is now defined in the bylaw. (It continues to be excluded from trade waste.)

    Have your say Your views on the draft Trade Waste Bylaw 2015 are important to us. Submissions on the draft bylaw can be made to the Council until no later than 5pm on Thursday, 13 August 2015.

    You can comment by:

    Returning the Freepost 178 submission form included with this booklet

    Visiting the Council’s “Have Your Say” webpage:


    Hand-delivering a written submission to the Civic Offices at 53 Hereford Street.

    Please make sure that your full name and address is included with your submission. The Council will not accept anonymous submissions.

    Extra copies of this booklet are available at the following places:

    • Civic Offices, 53 Hereford Street, Christchurch • All Council libraries and customer service desks • Online via the Council’s website: • By phoning the Council on (03) 941 8999 or 0800 800 169.

    • A new provision about trade waste agreements. This confirms the Council can enter into written agreements with dischargers of trade wastes. Agreements can be in addition to, or in place of, a consent.

    • A clarification of the application process for permitted trade waste discharges and consented trade waste discharges.

    • Wording improvements to the clauses dealing with permitted discharges, technical reviews and variations of trade waste consents, flow metering, estimating discharges, sampling and analysis, and monitoring.

    • Explanatory notes and various minor improvements to wording, numbering and format.

    Further information Additional information about the Trade Waste Bylaw review can be found on the Council’s website:

    Alternatively, you can contact:

    Ruth Littlewood Strategy and Planning Email: Phone: (03) 941 5574

    What happens next? • Submissions close on Thursday, 13 August 2015 • A Hearings Panel will hear submissions in September • The Council will consider all submissions, make its decision

    and then let submitters know the outcome • The new bylaw is expected to come into force by the end of

    this year.

    The purpose of the Trade Waste Bylaw is to regulate trade waste discharges into the Council’s sewerage system, to protect the environment and the public’s health. The bylaw also ensures the costs of waste treatment and disposal are shared fairly between both trade and domestic dischargers.

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    1. Short title and commencement 5

    2. Purpose and scope 5

    Part 1: Preliminary provisions

    3. Compliance with other Acts 6

    4. Application of this bylaw 6

    5. Definitions and Abbreviations 6

    Part 2: Trade waste discharges and consents

    6. Control of discharges 8

    7. Storage, transport, handling and use of hazardous materials 8

    8. Classification of trade waste discharges 8

    9. Registration of all occupiers 8

    10. Application for a trade waste consent 8

    11. Information and analysis 8

    12. Consideration criteria 8

    13. Decision on an application 9

    14. Conditions of consent 9

    15. Duration of permitted discharges 10

    16. Duration of conditional consents 10

    17. Tankered waste discharges 10

    18. Trade waste agreements 11

    19. Technical review and variation 11

    20. Suspension or cancellation of the right to discharge 11

    Part 3: Requirements to meet certain conditions of consent

    21. Pre-treatment 12

    22. Dental facilities 12

    23. Mass limits 12

    Part 4: Sampling, analysis and monitoring

    24. Flow metering 12

    25. Estimating discharge 12

    26. Sampling and analysis 13

    27. Monitoring 13

    28. Disinfected/super chlorinated water 13

    Part 5: Bylaw Administration

    29. Review of decisions 13

    30. Accidents and non-compliance 13

    31. Charges and payments 13

    32. Authorised officers 14

    33. Transfer or termination of rights and responsibilities 14

    34. Service of documents 14

    35. Offences 14

    36. Transitional provisions 14

    37. Powers of the chief executive 15

    38. Revocation 15

    39. Christchurch City Council General Bylaw 15

    Schedule 1A: Permitted Discharge Characteristics 15

    Schedule 1B: Prohibited Characteristics 17


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    The Christchurch City Council makes this bylaw pursuant to the Local Government Act 2002


    (1) This bylaw is the Christchurch City Council Trade Waste Bylaw 2015.

    (2) This bylaw comes into force on [insert date]


    (1) The purpose of this bylaw is to control and monitor trade waste discharges into public sewers in order to: (a) protect public health and the environment;

    (b) promote cleaner production;

    (c) protect the sewerage system infrastructure;

    (d) protect sewerage system workers;

    (e) protect the stormwater system;

    (f) ensure compliance with consent conditions;

    (g) provide a basis for monitoring discharges from industry and trade premises;

    (h) provide a basis for charging trade waste users of the sewerage system to cover the cost of conveying, treating and disposing of or reusing their wastes;

    (i) ensure that the costs of treatment and disposal are shared fairly between trade waste and domestic dischargers;

    (j) encourage waste minimisation; and

    (k) encourage water conservation.

    (2) This bylaw provides for the: (a) acceptance of long-term, intermittent, or temporary

    discharge of trade waste to the sewerage system;

    (b) establishment of three grades of trade waste: permitted, conditional and prohibited;

    (c) evaluation of individual trade waste discharges to be against specified criteria;

    (d) correct storage of materials in order to protect the sewerage and stormwater systems from spillage;

    (e) correct disposal of tankered waste to protect the sewerage system;

    (f) installation of flow meters, samplers or other devices to measure flow and quality of the trade waste discharge;

    (g) pre-treatment of waste before it is accepted for discharge to the sewerage system;

    (h) sampling and monitoring of trade waste discharges to ensure compliance with this bylaw;

    (i) Council to accept or refuse a trade waste discharge;

    (j) charges to be set to cover the cost of conveying, treating and disposing of, or reusing, trade waste and the associated costs of administration and monitoring;

    (k) administrative mechanisms for the operation of the bylaw; and

    (l) establishment of waste minimization and management programmes (including sludges) for trade waste producers.

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    CONDENSING WATER or COOLING WATER means any water used in any trade, industry, or commercial process or operation in such a manner that it does not t