Business Owners

Business Owners

What is Trade Waste?
Trade waste is the liquid waste from any industry, business, trade or manufacturing premises, other than domestic sewage from a hand basin, shower, bath, toilet or other domestic fixture. If you're disposing waste to the wastewater system, you need to ensure you have a Trade Waste Permit because uncontrolled or illegal discharge of Trade Waste causes serious problems in the sewer system including flooding and overloading, blockages, corrosion, hazardous work environments, even failure of sewage treatment processes. The City is responsible for preventing these contaminants from entering the sewerage system, ensuring that the health and safety of the community and the environment are protected.
What Waste Category am I?
There are 3 categories of Trade Waste and they are broken down into different classes. 

Class I:
Class I Trade Waste consists of the following land uses that discharge wastewater to the City's sewer scheme:
 
  • Take away shops
  • Restaurants
  • Butchers
  • Bakeries
  • Boarding/Lodging houses
  • Commercial swimming pools
  • Medical centres 
Class II:
Class II Trade Waste consists of the following land uses that discharge wastewater to the City's sewer scheme:
  • Commercial industry
  • Mechanical workshops
Class III:
Class III Trade Waste consists of the following land uses that discharge wastewater to the City's sewer scheme:
  • Commercial laundromats
  • Laboratories
  • Industrial waste operators
 Please see other tabs labelled Class I, II or III for more in depth information on that particular class of waste. 

If you are unsure if your business produces Trade Waste, please contact the City’s Waste Services Team on 9021 9813 for further assistance. 

Class I

The grease and fat contained in wastewater can accumulate both in your drains and the City's sewer system, resulting in blockages and overflows. The potential cost to your business associated with a drain or wastewater blockage can be significant, not only in finding and clearing the blockage but also the effect it has on the normal operation of your business. You should be aware that if a wastewater blockage is attributable to your business you may be required to pay the substantial cost for removing the blockage and the associated cleanup.


Pre-treatment devices for Class I Trade Waste
  • Grease arrestor
  • Dry basket arrestor
  • Sand Filters - Commercial swimming pools
Servicing your Grease Arrestor
Pump out frequencies are determined when we assess your Trade Waste application.
Your responsibilities are to:
  • Have your Grease Arrestor pumped out regularly based off your set frequency
  • Use a licensed liquid waste contractor
  • Report pump outs and provide a Service Docket to us within 7 days - water@ckb.wa.gov.au
  • Maintain good housekeeping practices
Class II
The wastewater from mechanical workshops can contain contaminants such as fuels, solvents, heavy metals, battery acids, flammable substances, caustic cleaners, coolants, paints, fillers, grit and residue. If not properly managed, this could damage our sewer systems and wastewater treatment facilities and affect the health and safety of sewerage system workers.

Pre-treatment devices for Class II Trade Waste
  • Oil and water seperators
  • Arrestor Pits and Traps
  • Cooling Pits
  • Dilution/Neutraliser Pits
Servicing your Pre-treatment device
  • Have your Pre-treatment device pumped when required - Note: each device is different and you should consult the manufacturer in regards to frequency
  • Use a licensed liquid waste contractor
  • Report pump outs and provide a Service Docket to us within 7 days - water@ckb.wa.gov.au
  • Maintain good housekeeping practices
Class III
Pre-treatment devices for Class III Trade Waste

Oil and water seperators

  • Arrestor Pits and Traps
  • Cooling Pits

  • Dilution/Neutraliser Pits

Servicing your Pre-treatment device
  • Have your Pre-treatment device pumped when required - Note: each device is different and you should consult the manufacturer in regards to frequency

  • Use a licensed liquid waste contractor

  • Report pump outs and provide a Service Docket to us within 7 days - water@ckb.wa.gov.au

  • Maintain good housekeeping practices

Grease Arrestor Maintenance
Environmental degradation can be caused by failure to service Pre-treatment equipment regularly as specified. Failure to dispose of the waste properly also carries risk to the environment as well as a financal risk to your business.

General maintenance

To assist the waste contractor, the area on and around the Grease Arrestor is to be kept clean, tidy and free of obstructions at all times. Access must be maintained at all times for both your waste contractor and our personnel.

Covers are to be regularly checked for damage or deterioration and where applicable, must be greased at least once a year to ensure a gas tight seal is maintained between the covers and the frame. The covers must sit flush with the frame.

Cleaning

Your Grease Arrestor must be serviced by a Licensed Waste Contractor. No Exceptions.
What you can expect from your service:

  • Remove all covers and completely empty each section of the trap using a suction/vac hose
  • Scrape the internal walls of the trap to remove all grime and grease
  • Hose down internal areas of the Grease Trap (when a water supply is available) and use the suction/vac hose to remove residue
  • Put fresh water back into the Grease Trap
  • Securely replace all covers

It's the responsibility of the trade waste permit holder to ensure that a hose tap with backflow prevention is available adjacent to the Grease Arrestor.

Grease Arrestor Service Frequency

 We, the City, set the frequency of cleaning the Grease Arrestor and pumping out grease and sludge and it typically depends on the type and size of the Grease Arrestor and the nature and volume of the wastewater produced by your operation. The pump-out frequency of new connections is determined when we assess your application to discharge Trade Waste. You must adhere to the pump-out frequency nominated for your Grease Arrestor. If you don't have a frequency set, or if the volume or nature of your wastewater changes as your business evolves, then you must contact us to request a reassessment.

A Grease Arrestor requires pumping when:

  • The total amount of floating and settled solids exceeds 30% of the effective depth of the Grease Arrestor
  • The wastewater quality exceeds our acceptance criteria for oil and grease or suspended solids on two consecutive grab samples taken 24 hours apart or a representative flow proportional composite sample
  • There are gross solids or oil and grease visible in the Trade Waste sample point downstream of the Grease Arrestor
Pre-treatment Device Inspections
Annual Inspection
Every Trade Waste premises will receive a minimum of one inspection per calendar year.
This inspection is to check the following:
  • The structure of the Pre-treatment device is still functional and up to standard
  • That the Pre-treatment device is being serviced in line with the set frequency from the City
  • That the current frequency is still accurately set for the amount of waste the business is producing
  • To offer education and advice when required
  • To ensure the service you are receiving from your contractor for your Pre-treatment device is meeting the correct cleaning and maintenance standards as set by the carrier company and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
Re-Inspection
A re-inspection maybe requested by either the business owner or by a City’s Water Services Team Member. A re-inspection maybe requested for a number of reasons.
Note: A fee maybe charged if a re-inspection is required.
Reasons a business may request a re-inspection:
  • Business has either increased or decreased and they would like to discuss a new service frequency
  • Would like to check/confirm they are receiving the correct level of service maintenance from their contractor
  • Ownership has changed
Reasons the City may request a re-inspection:
  • Service frequency is not being followed
  • Fat/Grease blockage has occurred in the sewer line close to your business and the city needs to investigate where the source of fat and grease has come from
  • Damage has been reported to the city in regards to you Pre-treatment device

 
Decommissioning a Pre-treatment Device

If you plan to cancel your trade waste permit and/or shut down your Pre-treatment device, you need to let us know before doing so. If you are not the property owner, you will need to provide written permission from the owner to disconnect the fixture. 

A licensed plumber will have to come to remove the fixture, bridge the fixture or re-route your wastewater lines to bypass the fixture.

If a fixture, such as a Grease Arrestor or dilution pit, is shut down but left in place, it must first be cleaned and pumped out by a licensed liquid waste contractor. You then must provide the final pump out docket from the contractor to the Wastewater department by emailing a copy to water@ckb.wa.gov.au