Trade waste scheme for businesses announced

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has announced that they will be requiring all businesses to register under their new trade waste scheme to keep waterways clean and healthy. Over the next few months, all businesses including restaurants, takeaway outlets, food processors, car wash outlets, service stations, automotive workshops and more will be required to register themselves under the scheme. 

Any business that discharges liquid wastes must be registered. According to their website, “trade waste is commercial and industrial liquid waste that is disposed of through the council wastewater system.”

QLDC trade waste and compliance officer Janine Cole said, “Everybody needs to play their part in minimising our environmental footprint. Our pristine environment is extremely important to our community, and we all have a part to play in keeping it beautiful.” The trade waste scheme is one step in implementing QLDC’s waste bylaw, which is linked to the QLDC Ten Year Plan. “The idea of registration is to find out what’s going on in the area and assist business owners with running more sustainable businesses,” said Cole. 

After registration, the council will assess the applications made by businesses and what kind of effects their trade waste will have on the environment. This will eventually be followed with council recommendations as to how business owners may improve upon the quality and quantity of their trade waste to minimise environmental footprint.

The online registration form is available at: and is a necessary requirement for all trade premises in the Queenstown Lakes District.


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