Trade Effluent

What’s Trade Effluent?

In simple terms, trade effluent is any liquid waste that’s discharged from premises being used for a business, trade or industry. Trade effluent can come from processes used to wash or cool plant, machinery, vehicles and floors.

Any size of business can produce trade effluent from laundries and food production to chemical manufacturing and car washes.

Trade effluent is not normal kitchen and toilet waste or clean rainwater run-off. These are not classed as trade effluent.



Our team of experts can help to optimise any existing treatment systems, or recommend new equipment, that can help ensure your business is compliant and could reduce your charges too

Design and build

Design and build

Our experts can not only recommend the best options for your business, but can design and build these plans for you too. Everything from design, project management and delivery

Operation and maintenance

Operation and maintenance

We can offer you peace of mind by utilising our team of trained operators who are able to service, operate and maintain trade effluent treatment facilities across the UK

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What is important about trade effluent?

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 your wholesaler for consent to dispose of it.

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.

It’s possible to treat your trade effluent to produce safe, clean water – cutting your costs and keeping you compliant.

Learn more about trade effluent by calling us on 0345 1 24 24 20

Or write to:

Business Stream
Trade Effluent Team
PO Box 1255