Pre-Conference Workshops and Site VisitS 


Trade Waste Officers Workshop 

Time: 10.00am - 12.30pm 

Facilitators: Komal Devi, South Taranaki District Council and Gary Soper, New Plymouth District Council  

10.00am    Sampling and Flow monitoring. Demonstrations and hands-on. 

Geoff Young, BPO and Gary Soper, New Plymouth District Council 

11.00am    The Fluorine-free foam transition project and how it impacts trade waste discharges. 

Victor Lenting, FENZ SME and Flammable Liquids and Bulk Fuel Advisor.  

In December 2022, Fire and Emergency NZ completed its transition to fluorine free firefighting foams for use on Class B fires (fires involving flammable liquids such as petrol, alcohols and solvents). The transition period for withdrawal of all remaining foams containing PFAS (per- and poly fluoralkyl substances) is December 2025.  In order to ensure that firefighters can train in the use of foam making equipment and application techniques, Fire and Emergency has been exploring the use of training foams and engaging with regional councils and trade waste officers regarding containment and disposal. This presentation will discuss the work that is ongoing and the issues arising. 

11.45am    Grease Trap Management - introducing new cooks to the trade waste industry.  A collaboration between WelTech & Wellington Water. 

Kerry Holtham, Wellington Water. 


12.00pm    Hot topics for discussion raised by Trade Waste Officers. (topics will be finalised closer to the time) 

 Additional Information: Morning tea and lunch is provided for TWO workshop attendees only. 

Trade Waste Officers Site Tours 

Time: 1.00pm - 3.15pm  

Facilitator: Mike Sahayam, Tauranga City Council

Commercial Laundry: 
Trade waste management and lint removal.   

Palmerston North Waste Water Treatment Plant:
To see the wastewater treatment plant in operation, including digesters. Discuss the learnings from PNCC operational staff on their input in planning and designing new equipment at the WWTP. 

Resource Recovery Centre: 
See how excess liquid slurry waste such as DAF waste, food waste runoffs are used in compost. 

Additional Information: 

  • Hi Vis and covered footwear are required for the site visits. 

  • Kindly supported by Palmerston North City Council 

Industry Workshop “Raise Your Voice” 

Time: 1.00pm - 3.15pm   

Facilitators: Geoff Young, BPO and Bruce Holland  

This session provides a valuable time for industries that have trade waste discharges to come together to discuss issues relating to their businesses and work on solutions together. This session is open to industries that have trade waste discharges, liquid waste operators and suppliers. 

Additional Information: Lunch is not provided for the Industry workshop.  

Combined Workshop Session

Time: 3.45- 5.30pm   

Facilitators: Geoff Young, BPO and Gary Soper, New Plymouth District Council 

A unique opportunity to share perspective between regulators and industry representatives. 








Conference Organisers

Conferences & Events Ltd
Ali Howard
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 +64  4 384 1511

This event is organised by Conferences & Events Ltd.  We are a New Zealand business.