BUSINESS owners in the Liverpool Plains Shire are being encouraged to apply for their liquid waste assessment this month to avoid the full fee which will come into effect on September 29. Currently Council is working with local businesses to assess the amount of trade waste they discharge into the sewer, find ways to reduce the waste and determine what levy will apply to their business.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said while Council is one of the last in the state to fall in line with state laws for trade waste, Council wants to give local businesses a fair amount of time to adjust.
“We are working with local businesses to assess how much waste they produce,” Councillor Hope said.
“There is a sliding scale of charges and the more waste a business produces the more they pay to dispose of the waste in the sewer system.
“Until each business has been assessed, we thought the fairest approach was to initially charge all businesses the minimum levy of $100,” he continued.
Rod Batterham, LPSC’s Water Services Manager said his team will be visiting local businesses to assess their trade waste and establish their liquid trade waste agreement.
“All commercial and industrial businesses dispose of some form of liquid trade waste, be it a café with a deep fryer, a car dealership that washes vehicles or a scientific laboratory,” Mr Batterham said.
“The sooner businesses have an assessment the more time they will also have to comply with pre-treatment options or reduce their liquid trade waste and therefore reduce their costs,” he said.
“I’d encourage business owners to take advantage of the waived application fee and complete their application prior to September 29 after which date a minimum $287 application fee will be charged,” he concluded.
Applications can be obtained Here, or from the Customer Service Desk. The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has a list of contaminants with associated charges, which can also be found on Council’s website.