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Council approves Gisborne Trade Waste Bylaw 2021

08 July 2021

Council has approved the Gisborne Trade Waste Bylaw 2021, which regulates the discharge of waste from trade premises into the city wastewater system.

In a national first, the bylaw prohibits the discharge of mortuary wastewater into Council’s reticulated wastewater system, regulates its transport, and provides for its discharge to a Council-approved facility.

Tangata whenua and the wider community of Tairāwhiti have long petitioned for the removal of mortuary wastewater, because it is culturally unacceptable for such waste to be discharged into Te Moana o Turanganui a Kiwa (the bay).

Other updates to the previous bylaw include consenting requirements relating to trade waste transported in tankers, and trade waste containing certain concentrations of Industry Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD), liquid pharmaceutical wastes, or halogenated aliphatic compounds.

The trade waste bylaw 2021 is effective as of 30 June 2021.

Council will work with the regions mortuary service providers to develop the infrastructure necessary for the safe separation, transport and disposal of mortuary wastewater.

Read the Gisborne Trade Waste Bylaw 2021