Few businesses not yet compliant with trade waste guidelines

FIGURES released by Wide Bay Water Corporation show more than 96% of Fraser Coast businesses practice sustainable trade waste management.

Trade waste is water-borne waste from business which can include grease, cooking oil and dishwater.

Stacy Gleich from Parkside on Adelaide Cafe in Maryborough said successfully managing trade waste sounde a lot more complicated than it really was.

"We have installed a 500 litre grease arrestor that ensures our waste is dealt with and disposed of properly," she said.

"The grease is trapped and removed so it doesn't enter the sewerage system and cause any problems.

"As a business owner, it simply makes sense to follow the guidelines and make sure we are doing things properly.

"If not, it could cost us money and cause major problems further down the track."

"It's very pleasing to see the Hervey Bay and Maryborough business communities working so closely with Wide Bay Water Corporation and council to maintain these high standards," he said.

"But the public also benefits."

Effective trade waste management ensured the safety of workers and the Fraser Coast public and helped to prolong the life of the region's sewerage systems by minimising blockages and damage, Cr Sanderson said.

Wide Bay Water Corporation chief executive officer Peter Care said WBWC also used treated effluent water and bio solids for its hardwood tree plantations and local agricultural projects.

"Trade waste contaminants accumulate in recycled water and bio solids," he said.

"If trade waste is not managed properly, the contaminants build up and can render these valuable resources practically useless.

"This is a waste of money and something we want to avoid."

Cr Sanderson said Hervey Bay and Maryborough businesses that didn't comply with trade waste guidelines could be liable to pay additional rates charges to cover sewerage maintenance and treatment costs.

"These charges are easily avoidable," he said.

"Managing trade waste properly saves businesses money in the long run.

"The vast majority of Hervey Bay and Maryborough businesses are very responsible, however there are still a select few that are not yet compliant and this is a timely reminder."

For more information on sustainable trade waste practices, phone Wide Bay Water on 1300 808 888.

Parkside on Adelaide Cafe owner Stacy Gleich shows off her recently renovated kitchen to councillor Daniel Sanderson.
Parkside on Adelaide Cafe owner Stacy Gleich shows off her recently renovated kitchen to councillor Daniel Sanderson. Contributed