Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is reminding Quirindi and Werris Creek businesses that they only have until close of business, Friday September 29, to apply and have their Liquid Trade Waste Assessment carried out for free.
“All Councils are required by law to implement a Liquid Trade Waste Management System. LPSC is one of the last Councils in the region to implement their system,” said Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
Councillor Hope said he was concerned that to-date less than half the estimated businesses that need to comply with liquid trade waste obligations had applied for their assessment. He said that unless businesses wanted to pay more than necessary they need to apply by September 29 to avoid application fees and that further delaying the inevitable could lead to penalties under the Protection of the Environment Operations (POEO) Act.
“We realise that businesses already have many operating costs and in an attempt to keep these to a minimum, as we introduce the system, we have waived application fees until September 29. However, after this date applicants will have to pay the relevant fee which currently is between $287 and $394 depending on the discharge category,” he said.
“If your business generates liquid trade waste and discharges it into the Quirindi or Werris Creek sewer system, you are required to enter into a trade waste agreement designed to protect people, our infrastructure and our environment. The Liquid Trade Waste Agreement allows Council to monitor and control the liquid trade waste discharged into the sewer. Once your agreement is set up with Council, there will be an inspection process, and an annual fee relevant to your businesses’ operations,” he continued.
“Businesses and individuals who produce liquid trade waste will be charged on a ‘polluter pays’ system. Put simply, the more water you discharge to sewer, and the more contaminants in that water, the more money it will cost your business. It’s therefore important you understand the relationship of the volume of water that you use, and the volume and quality of liquid trade waste you discharge to the sewerage system.
“Following receipt of your application Council will undertake an inspection, to better understand your business and the trade waste involved, and identify any pre-treatment devices needed to ensure compliance with the legislation. We then enter into a trade waste agreement with you. Council understands that in some cases, you need to invest time and money to become compliant with the legislation.
“We will work with you to establish a timeframe that works for both your business and Council. Our Water Services team will be able to assist during this process,” he said.
“Application forms can be downloaded from Council’s website at - http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/water-services-2/liquid-trade-waste, by emailing a request to email@example.com or calling in at the Customer Service Desk at the Administration Centre.
“If, after looking at the details available on our website you have further queries you can contact a member of the Water Services team during business hours on 6746 1755,” he continued.
“At this stage, Council is aiming for all liquid trade waste sites to have an agreement in place by July 1 2018 so you are encouraged to apply now, both to save money and also to allow time for you to introduce measures that can help lower your liability,” Councillor Hope concluded.