Oil Water Separator Experts
We provide regular maintenance and oily water pump out to over 400 sites across Queensland & New South Wales. Our 20-point maintenance checklist will ensure your separator is kept in peak condition to protect the environment, meet all regulatory standards and operate effectively to minimise any unexpected disruptions to your business.
Regular maintenance & servicing
Design & Installation of new equipment
oily water pump out
Competitive and reliable waste services
We form long term partnerships with our clients by providing honest and no-nonsense advice on solving your waste and wastewater problems. Our solutions are both cost-effective and regulatory compliant.
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Partnering with ClearWaste is more than
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knowledge to ensure you remain compliant
with strict government and environmental
Experienced and accredited
Our team have over 25+ years of industry experience and are accredited with: Department of Environment, Environmental Protection Authority, Australian Institute of Petroleum and The National Association of Testing Authorities
meet our maintenance team
Our team has more than 25 years of experience in the waste-water industry. We pride ourselves on best practice service and safety standards and continual education and training.
We’ve seen all makes and models of oil water separators. We can fix the tricky problems, and advise you on how to correctly maintain your equipment to avoid issues in the future.
Our team can travel to your premises to provide a consultation and no-obligation quote on oil water separator maintenance, design or installation of equipment.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT FREQUENTLY DO I NEED TO SERVICE MY OIL WATER SEPARATOR?
We recommend a separator service every 3 months and a pump out every 3 or 6 months. Of course, the service and pump out frequency may need to increase depending on the type of equipment you wash and how much solid buildup is in your tank.
These are generally the minimum frequencies required by your waste-water authority. At the end of the day, it is their infrastructure at risk if you don’t comply, meaning they will monitor and impose penalties for non-compliance.
CAN I JUST WAIT FOR COUNCIL TO ASK ME TO SERVICE MY OIL WATER SEPARATOR?
In order to be sure that you will avoid hefty costs for non-compliance, you should be already having these items serviced. That way, you can point them in our direction, and we will provide all necessary documentation to show you are fully compliant.
If servicing evidence, and licensed waste disposal evidence cannot be shown, you may be penalized by the relevant authority.
DO I NEED OILY WATER PUMPED OUT?
Over time your oily water holding tank and wash bay pit will gather solids and debris. This will eventually be sucked into your pump causing it to fail and costing you more for repairs.
Broken pumps can also cause tanks to overflow with contaminated waste flowing into storm water drain and on to creeks and waterways. This will attract the unwanted attention of the DES (Department of Environment and Science), along with hefty fines and expensive remediation works.
WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR NON-COMPLIANCE?
The penalties for business can be significant and will depend on the waste-water authority in your area.
Failure to have pre-treatment devices serviced in accordance with the specified frequencies will impact on the quality of the trade waste discharged to the wastewater system. Accordingly, most council’s reserve the right to apply increased trade waste volumetric charges, as well as sample analysis costs.
Continued failure to service the devices will constitute a Trade Waste Approval non-compliance and require the implementation of corrective actions. In these instances, council can engage a licensed liquid waste transporter or agent to service the device if the specified service frequencies have not been met. The cost of the service, together with an administration fee, will be charged on the subsequent property rates notice.
A guide to oil water separation regulations in Australia, and the penalties incurred for non-compliance
Regular servicing of your oil water separator acts as preventative maintenance, ensuring that it continues to run as efficiently as possible—and your business stays compliant with your local regulations.
An oil water separator is the piece of equipment that filters out the main contaminants from water, such as free-floating and dissolved oils, grease, suspended solids, and hydrocarbons.