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Over the coming months, Whitsunday Regional Council will be rolling out a new Trade WasteInspection Program, as part of a commitment to reduce the level of pollutants in the outflow fromCouncil’s Sewerage Treatment Plants.
Mayor Jennifer Whitney said Council will be conducting random checks to ensure that allbusinesses across the region, that produce trade waste have a permit from Council and also that businesses with a permit are complying with their requirements when they discharge trade waste into the sewerage system.
“Council now has two new state of the art Sewerage Treatment Plants one at Proserpine and the other at Cannonvale, both of which are now fully operational,” Mayor Whitney said.
“Because of the very stringent licences for these Treatment Plants as well as the Bowen andCollinsville Waste Water Treatment Plants, issued to Council by the Department of Environmentand Heritage Protection, the Council has to reduce the level of pollutants in their outflow.
“Trade waste contributes significantly to the load on the sewerage plants and the subsequentoutflows from the plants into our creeks, rivers and oceans.“The Bowen and Collinsville plants have older technology which is easily affected by trade waste.
“The new technology involved in the Cannonvale and Proserpine sewerage treatment process isalso very susceptible to trade waste specifically chemicals, oils, greases and hydrocarbons which are petroleum based products like de-greasers.
“These pollutants can damage the very expensive membranes in the new plants and kill themicrobiological population used to process domestic sewerage.
“Fats, oils and grease can cause blockages in the sewer pipes, while combinations of chemicalscan damage pipes and pumps, be extremely explosive and are a health hazard to the workerslooking after the pumping stations and treatment plants.
“If your business performs a commercial trade, then you will very likely, produce trade waste.
“Over the coming months, Councils Trade Waste Officer will be inspecting all businesses in theregion to ensure that they are complying with the conditions in permits already issued and to issue application forms to businesses that require a permit.
“If you don’t currently hold a trade waste permit or are unsure if you need a Permit please contact Council to arrange for an application information pack or to have the Trade Waste Officer to visit your premises, phone 4945 0287.”
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