The new pricing structure enables Unitywater to continue safeguarding public health and the environment by delivering sustainable trade waste treatment services that keep our communities healthy, safe and ready for business now and into the future.
Previously, we charged businesses a single, flat-rate annual Category 1 fee of $350 (2022-23 financial year), regardless of the type or volume of their trade waste. This meant that everyone, whether they own a small coffee shop or a large 24/7 fast food restaurant, a large car wash or a small laundromat – has paid the same amount to Unitywater to safely treat trade waste.
The new pricing structure aims to create an equitable set of fees where businesses that generate trade waste contribute to the actual costs of treating it, so that these costs are not shared across our entire customer base.
Tiered pricing more accurately reflects the diverse types of businesses in our region, the varying levels of impact that their waste has on the wastewater network and the true cost of additional treatment required to keep our networks, our communities and our environment safe.
These additional costs go towards the extra chemicals, cleaning and electricity required to treat trade waste so that it does not pollute our environment, harm our people or cause blockages, overflows or damage to our network.
The previous one-size-fits-all trade waste pricing structure is outdated, does not align with current industry practice and is not consistent with pricing structures for other South East Queensland utilities.