City Services - Wastewater JAMES

Trucked Liquid Waste


What is trucked liquid waste (TLW)?

Trucked liquid waste (TLW) is defined in the City of Abbotsford Bylaw No. 1862-2009, "Sewer Rates and Regulations Bylaw"  as “any Waste that is collected and transported off-site by means other than Discharge to a Sanitary Sewer, including, but not limited to, septic tank Waste, Oil and Grease from Interceptors, and other Sludges of organic origin”.

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What is Residential Trucked Liquid Waste?

Lower Mainland residents whose homes are not connected to a municipal sanitary sewer system are provided a wastewater disposal service by the City of Abbotsford and the District of Mission at the JAMES Wastewater Treatment Plant (JAMES Plant).  Wastewater collected in holding or septic tank systems used by the homeowner is periodically pumped out and transported for treatment at the Trucked Liquid Waste (TLW) Facility located at the JAMES Plant.  Applicable disposal fees will apply as outlined in the Procedure Manual.

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What is Non-Residential Trucked Liquid Waste?

Many industrial, commercial and institutional operations produce liquid waste that is not suitable for discharge to the sanitary sewer or storm sewer systems.  These wastes are generated at operations such as:

  • Restaurants (grease interceptors)
  • Photo processors (fixers)
  • Automotive repair shops (oil water separators)
  • Dry cleaners (solvents from dry cleaning machines)
  • Parking lots (catch basins)
  • Laboratories (various chemicals)

These wastes are considered to be high-strength liquid wastes or obstructive wastes.  Discharge of these wastes to the sanitary sewer or storm sewer systems is illegal and would be in direct contravention of the City of Abbotsford Bylaw No. 1862-2009 "Sewer Rates and Regulations Bylaw". These wastes must be disposed of properly by a licensed carrier who picks up the waste and transports it to a proper disposal facility.

Wastes generated from grease interceptors within Abbotsford and Mission may be transported for treatment at the TLW Facility located at the JAMES Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Prior to discharging at the TLW Facility, the carrier must first dilute the grease interceptor waste to a ratio of 1:10 with septage in order to minimize the loading on treatment processes.  Applicable disposal fees will apply as outlined in the Procedure Manual.

Wastes generated from the other operations listed above (aside from grease traps) are not authorized for disposal at the TLW Facility and must be disposed of in accordance with applicable regulations. 

Refer to the Procedure Manual for a detailed list of wastes authorized for disposal at the TLW Facility.

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Where is trucked liquid waste disposed of?

The Abbotsford/Mission Water and Sewer Commission (WSC) allow all trucked liquid waste (TLW) to be discharged at the JAMES Wastewater Treatment Plant (JAMES Plant)  if it meets the requirements of the allowable types of discharges as outlined in the Procedure Manual for Use of the JAMES Plant Trucked Liquid Waste Facility.  There are other disposal facilities located in the Lower Mainland that accept trucked liquid waste.  Be sure to check with the respective municipality or regional district prior to discharging at facilities other than the JAMES Plant.

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Can grease from grease interceptors be disposed of at the JAMES Wastewater Treatment Plant TLW Facility?

Wastes generated from grease interceptors within Abbotsford and Mission may be transported for treatment at the TLW Facility located at the JAMES Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Prior to discharging at the TLW Facility, the carrier must first dilute the grease interceptor waste to a ratio of 1:10 with septage in order to minimize the loading on treatment processes.  Applicable disposal fees will apply as outlined in the Procedure Manual.

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Can I bring grease from my house to the JAMES Wastewater Treatment Plant for disposal?

No. The JAMES Wastewater Treatment Plant is not currently set up to accept grease from residents at this time. We suggest that the grease be composted or disposed of with your garbage. 

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Can I discharge waste from my recreational vehicle at the JAMES Wastewater Treatment Plant TLW facility?

No.  Section 18 of the City of Abbotsford Bylaw No. 1862-2009, "Sewer Rates and Regulations Bylaw" states that all waste from recreational vehicles must be disposed of at designated sani-dump station and cannot be disposed of at the JAMES Treatment Plant TLW facility.

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How does at TLW Carrier Apply to use the Trucked Liquid Waste Facility

The Abbotsford/Mission Water and Sewer Commission (WSC) allows all trucked liquid waste (TLW) to be discharged at the JAMES Wastewater Treatment Plant (JAMES Plant) if it meets the requirements of the allowable types of discharges as outlined in the Procedure Manual for Use of the JAMES Plant Trucked Liquid Waste Facility.

In order for a TLW carrier to use the TLW facility, the carrier must first obtain a valid business license with the City of Abbotsford or the District of Mission.  Once a valid business license is obtained, the carrier must then apply for authorization to use the TLW Facility.  After a carrier is granted authorization, they must complete a carrier declaration form for each TLW load discharged at the TLW facility.

Invoices will be issued on a monthly basis for TLW loads discharged at the JAMES Plant TLW Facility. The current discharge/disposal fees for using the JAMES Plant TLW facility are shown below.

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What are the Disposal Fees?

Per 1,000 Litres -------------------------------------------------$41.40
Example of the fee calculation for 3,000 gallons of TLW:

3,000 gallons = 13,638 L

13,638 L x ($41.40/1,000 L) = $564.61)

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Hours of Operation

Hours
Monday through Friday 07:15 to 14:45 hours
Saturday 07:15 to 14:45 hours
Sunday 07:15 to 14:45 hours
Stat Holiday 07:15 to 14:45 hours

Note:  Authorized carriers will be notified of any modifications to this schedule.

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Procedure Manual & Forms

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Who can I contact for further information?

Tim Henry, AScT, Eng. L.
Acting Director, Utility Operations and Asset Management
Tel:  604-853-5485
Email: thenry@abbotsford.ca

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