Tankered waste is waterborne waste from industrial, commercial or domestic generators delivered to discharge locations within our sewerage network by approved waste transporters.

Tankered Waste rules

We impose strict rules on the transportation and discharge of Tankered Waste to ensure it does not pose a risk to our sewerage system.
  • We will not accept waste generated outside our service territory (Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Somerset and Scenic Rim).
  • Tanker businesses must be approved by us before we will accept waste from them at our discharge locations.
  • We will only accept waste that is of a type and volume known to be compatible with our sewerage system.

All Tankered Waste loads received at our discharge locations must have correct accompanying documentation:

  • A Queensland Urban Utilities Waste Transport Docket must be provided for every load.
  • A Queensland Government Waste Transport Certificate must be provided for all loads of regulated trackable waste.
For more information, refer to the Tankered Waste documentation.

Tankered Waste categories

Tankered Waste must meet the requirements of one of the following categories:

1.    Deemed Quality Tankered Waste

Deemed Quality Tankered Waste is waste sourced from:

  • Sullage waste – clarified waterborne waste pumped from septic tanks or small residential onsite treatment plants.
  • Holding tank waste – waterborne waste pumped from holding tanks accumulating kitchen and domestic waste from non-sewered premises.
  • Septic waste – waterborne waste pumped from septic tanks or onsite treatment systems.
  • Grey water – wastewater generated from domestic activities such as laundry, dishwashing and bathing.
  • Black water – wastewater containing faecal matter and urine (sewage)
  • Portable toilet waste – waste collected from portable toilets.

Transporters that hold a Tankered Waste Approval, are authorised to discharge Deemed Quality Tankered Waste at Queensland Urban Utilities discharge locations without further notice or approval, subject to opening hours.

2.    Special Disposal Tankered Waste

Wastes that are not Deemed Quality Tankered Wastes (i.e. are not sullage, holding tank waste, septic waste, grey water, black water or portable toilet waste) must be assessed by Queensland Urban Utilities as a Special Disposal Tankered Waste prior to delivery to the nominated discharge location. 

When seeking to discharge special disposal Tankered Waste, the waste generator must contact us (13 26 57 7am-7pm weekdays) and request to speak with a Trade Waste Officer. If the waste is acceptable for discharge, a Special Disposal Approval will be issued with specific discharge conditions.

It is the responsibility of the waste transporter to properly assess waste quality characteristics before delivery to the discharge location.  If the waste is not Deemed Quality Tankered Waste, the waste transporter must ensure the waste generator obtains a Special Disposal Approval for the intended discharge.

Legislation relevant to Tankered Waste

Waste generators and transporters should refer to their responsibilities under the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008.