Thursday, June 20, 2024

Bundaberg adds AI to liquid waste disposal mix


Bundaberg businesses looking to dispose of liquid trade waste will now be able to apply online with the launch of Bundaberg Regional Council’s new virtual system.

Council says the new trade waste process will allow plumbers and business owners to complete the application process through an online form.

All liquid waste generated by industry, small business and commercial enterprise is referred to as ‘trade waste’.

Water and wastewater portfolio spokesperson, Councillor Jason Bartels said the new system was more accessible and had a focus on innovation.

“The new process is beneficial to local businesses as it will speed up the application process and reduce the number of resources needed each time,” Cr Bartels said.

“There are currently two forms that businesses must complete in regard to trade waste, so the new online application of one form will also save them time.”

Cr Bartels said trade waste excluded domestic wastewater such as toilets, showers, hand basins and other domestic fixtures.

He said the new process also had artificial intelligence built into the submission, creating efficiencies for Council and allowing the application to be created automatically, while updating existing submissions.

“Plumbers or business owners will already be on our website lodging relevant government forms and plumbing applications, so it makes sense that they can also complete the trade waste aspects at the same time as often these go hand in hand,” he said.

Although there will still be access to a hardcopy version of the application, customers will be able to complete the whole application process on the Council’s website.”

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