Trade Waste Bylaw Review

​Issued 4 July 2018
Submissions have closed

What is being proposed?

Grey District Council has in place the Trade Waste Bylaw which was first adopted by Council in December 2007 and came into effect from 1 July 2008.

The purpose of the Bylaw is to regulate the discharge of Trade Waste to Grey District Council’s (GDC) wastewater network. The Bylaw sets out uniform requirements for contributors into our wastewater network and helps Council comply with all applicable consents required by the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA).

Without a formal bylaw in place, Council faces the following potential issues:

  • The health and safety of all people working in the wastewater network will not be protected by applying strict standards for harmful substances;
  • Receiving waters will not be protected from toxic substances contained in Trade Waste discharges;
  • The wastewater network and the Wastewater Treatment Plant will not be protected from damage due to harmful substances from Trade Waste sources;
  • Council will not be able to meet relevant environmental and other regulations;
  • Wastewater processing operations will not be assisted to produce effluent and bio-solids  to a guaranteed quality;
  • Waste minimisation and Cleaner Productions in the commercial  and industrial sector will not be encouraged;
  • Enabling water conservation will not be encouraged;
  • Adequate monitoring of trade wastes will not occur; and
  • Information for the purpose of allowing charging for Trade Waste will not occur.

The Trade Waste Bylaw has been reviewed in line with statutory requirements and no material changes are proposed.

Why is this being proposed?

Under the Local Government Act 2002 Council has to review its bylaws regularly. The Trade Waste Bylaw is now due for a review and as outlined in our Significance and Engagement Policy, Council is intending to use the Special Consultative Procedure for public consultation.

It is noted that Council does not think the continuation of the Bylaw in its current form will have any significant impact on the community.

What are the options?

There is only one practicable option, namely that Council consults on the reviewed Trade Waste Bylaw with minor updates proposed and considers any submissions received via the public consultation process prior to the final Bylaw being adopted.

  • Provides Council with a tool to address the issues outlined above.
  • Assists in reducing the risks to Council and others of harmful substances causing adverse effects on people and the environment.
  • Assists in reducing increased cost to Council and others who produce, collect and treat trade wastes.
  • Cost of administering the bylaw.


Council has in place regulatory functions which allow the bylaw to be administered and enforced.

How to have your say

Residents are strongly encouraged to have a say. We want to hear from as many people as possible before a decision is made, so please have your say today.

All submissions must be in writing. We will accept submissions in the following format:

  • Council submission form – online or paper
  • Email to
  • Written submissions posted to Grey District Council, PO Box 382, Greymouth or hand delivered to 105 Tainui Street, Greymouth

You are welcome to address Council in person on your submission – if you wish to do this, please clearly indicate this in your submission. Council will hear and consider submissions at a meeting after the close-off date.

Every submission made to the Council will be acknowledged in accordance with the Local Government Act 2002, copied and made available to the public.

Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 6 August 2018.


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