Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
You must get a trade effluent consent or enter into a trade effluent agreement with your water and sewerage company before you discharge trade effluent into a public foul sewer. It's important you do this to avoid causing serious damage to the sewage system and creating a risk of danger to public health.
Trade effluent is any liquid waste resulting from non-domestic or industrial activity. It includes:
If your effluent is hazardous, you must dispose of it as hazardous/special waste.
You must have a trade effluent consent or agreement if you:
If you're already discharging trade effluent to the public foul sewer without permission, you should stop immediately and contact your water and sewerage company.
You must arrange for a new trade effluent consent or agreement if:
You may also need prior authorisation from either the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) or Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) for effluents containing dangerous substances, or if you have a pollution prevention and control permit. You should check with the NIEA or SEPA, or your water and sewerage company if you are unsure whether you need authorisation.
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