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Section 4 – Discharge to Water

Under Section 4 of the Local Government (Water Pollution) Act 1977 (as amended), an individual or business may not discharge a trade effluent to the water except in accordance with a licence issued under these regulations.

Trade effluent is any liquid waste (other than domestic wastewater and storm water) that is discharged from a business premises to the public sewers. Trade effluent may contain materials such as fats, oils and grease, chemicals, detergents, heavy metal rinses or food waste.

Section 4 licences are administered and controlled by local authorities.

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