What is trade effluent?

Carefully managing any effluent produced by your business keeps you on the right side of the law – and can help you to save money too.

What is trade effluent?

Any industrial production process that uses water results in liquid waste that’s discharged into the sewer. This is trade effluent.

Trade effluent also comes from processes used to wash or cool plant, machinery, vehicles and floors. Normal kitchen and toilet waste isn’t classed as trade effluent. Nor is any clean rainwater run-off.

How does effluent discharge affect business?

Special laws set out the type and volume of trade effluent that can go down drains. This helps to protect sewerage systems and the wider environment. Failure to comply with these laws is a criminal offence and can carry with it significant fines for breach of compliance.

If your business discharges trade effluent, you must apply to Scottish Water for consent to dispose of it. You’ll be told the nature and quantity of trade effluent that you’re legally allowed to discharge.

It’s your legal responsibility to manage your effluent within these set limits. Business Stream can offer advice and practical solutions to help make compliance a less daunting task.

Trade effluent health check

Our health check can help you to tackle trade effluent issues before they become problems and put together practical solutions for problems that may already exist. Business Stream will carry out a full, site-specific audit to see where operations can be improved in efficiency and cost. We’ll then follow up our review of your processes with a detailed report outlining our recommendations and solutions.

Any business that has a trade effluent operation can benefit from a health check. Regardless of the size or complexity of your requirements we’ll be able to help find out how you can make significant savings.

Get in touch to book your health check.