Trade Effluent

If you’ve suddenly found out you’re operating above your trade effluent consent limits or need a new consent then we have over 20 years of experience in this area.

Peak Associates can help with the liaison and negotiation with a sewage undertaker to help you get a trade effluent consent that will allow your business to operate lawfully and efficiently.

Peak have provided guidance and advice for a variety of food manufacturers and other commercial businesses across the country to ensure they will be operating within their consent.

Whether you require a new consent or a revision to an existing consent we can help by designing a flows and loads study that can be undertaken by ourselves or your own staff. This study will provide the data needed to make any recommendations for a treatment process as well as provide comfort that the limits requested are achievable.

Given our expert witness background we also have the ability to help with difficult negotiation when clients are under enforcement action or being prosecuted for alleged breaches of their consent.

Summary of Benefits:

  • Wealth of experience in trade effluent
  • Liaison with regulators
  • Provide expert witness services in the event of enforcement or prosecution

Trade Effluent Case Studies

Manufacture and trade effluent

Peak Associates regularly work with clients in various sectors, from food production to the chemical sector in matters relating to their trade effluent consents.

Our clients usually require help with negotiations regarding their existing consents or revision of their consents to match their current production discharges. This usually requires a flows and loads survey to establish the nature of the discharge, liaison with the appropriate regulator, and where necessary expert witness support.

Food Manufacturer, Berkshire

Peak Associates provided expert witness assistance to a food manufacture in Thatchem, Berkshire to help with an alleged pollution incident.

Work included a factual review of the sites drainage layout to assess the claims made by the regulator that discharges from the site had “knocked out” Thames Water’s sewage works.

An expert witness report, guidance and joint expert’s meetings services were also provided in relation to allegations made by the regulator.

Peak’s work proved crucial in identifying the real source of the discharges and the regulators case being withdrawn just before the case was due before the court.