Trade Waste Bylaw consultation

Submissions closing on 11 October 2021, 05:00 PM

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We are proposing to make changes to its Trade Waste Bylaw, and want to hear your feedback.

Our Trade Waste Bylaw applies to the discharge of trade waste into the public wastewater network.

Trade waste is any waste produced during any trade or industrial process that is then discharged from trade premises to our wastewater system.

This includes discharges from businesses such as restaurants and hairdressers, and any other premises discharging non-domestic wastewater, as well as tankered waste.

The Bylaw provides for the protection of the public sewer, protection of the environment and public health, and for recovery of the costs associated with disposing of trade waste.

The Whangarei Waste Water Treatment Plant discharges treated waste through wetlands. This provides the link between human waste and Papatūānuku that is culturally significant to Māori. This issue and future work in this space are discussed in the Statement of Proposal. 

Key features

  • removing the Physical and Chemical Characteristic Schedules to the Bylaw as they are primarily technical items that do not need to form part of the Bylaw. These will be moved to a separate policy;
  • amending clause 6.4.3. of the Bylaw allowing Council to set by resolution a preferred waste tracking system;
  • improving the drafting and wording of the bylaw and reorganisation of the definitions table.

The Statement of Proposal sets out what the Council is proposing and the reasons for it.  We recommend you read it in full to understand the context for the proposed bylaw amendments and what the amendments are.

Statement of Proposal(PDF, 442KB)

A short summary of the proposed amendments to the Bylaw and information on how to have your say are provided the attached Summary of Information. 

Summary of information(PDF, 355KB)

Tell us what you think

Please send us your feedback by 5:00pm on 11 October 2021.


Complete the online form:

Trade Waste Bylaw Review submission form

By email

Step 1: Complete the form

Trade Waste Bylaw Review submission form(PDF, 312KB)

Step 2: Email us

Attach the form to an email and send to:

By post

Step 1: Complete the form

Trade Waste Bylaw Review submission form(PDF, 312KB)

Step 2: Post to us

Post, in a sealed envelope to:

Whangarei District Council
Private Bag 9023
Whangārei 0148

In person

Step 1: Complete the form

Trade Waste Bylaw Review submission form(PDF, 312KB)

Step 2: Bring in the completed form to one of our service centres

Forum North customer service centre
7 Rust Avenue, Whangārei
Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Closed public holidays

Ruakākā service centre 
9 Takutai Place, Ruakākā
Monday to Friday - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Closed public holidays

By phone

Telephone submissions are available. 

Phone: 0800 932 463 or 09 430 4200 

This notice is given pursuant to sections 82 and 83 of the Local Government Act 2002.

Copies of the consultation documents, including submission forms, will be available from 4 August 2021 in hardcopy and on this webpage. The hardcopy documents may be inspected at the Whangārei Central Library, Rust Avenue, Whangārei and at the Whangarei District Council Service Centres:

  • Forum North, Rust Avenue, Whangārei
  • Ruakākā Service Centre,Takutai Place, Ruakākā

The consultation documents include detailed information on how interested parties can present their views to Council; in person, via a written submission or electronically.

Telephone submissions are also available by calling 0800 WDC INFO or 09 430 4200

Feedback may be provided between 9:00am on 4 August 2021 and 5:00pm on Monday 11 October 2021.

Any person who wishes to present their views on the proposal to Council in person can do so. The date for speaking to Council is 19 October 2021 and information on how to register is included in the consultation documents.