Chicken scraps in drain, Vic company fined

Caroline Schelle

Raw chicken scraps found in a Geelong stormwater drain have led to a poultry processor being fined by the environmental watchdog.

The scraps from a nearby plant were discovered at North Shore in Geelong by a member of the public who notified the Environment Protection Authority, leading to an $8000 fine.

"EPA officers observed a flow of turbid water containing scraps of raw chicken discharging into a stormwater drain on Seaside Parade," the watchdog's southwest regional manager Carolyn Francis said in a statement on Wednesday.

Officers subsequently traced the source to the poultry processing factory where waste water normally sent through the sewerage system had been directed into a drain that lead to Corio Bay, she said.

The company, Pindarri Poultry Pty Ltd, was fined $8,060 and issued with an abatement notice to make changes to prevent further pollution.

"The discharge of industrial wastewater containing bacteria and nutrient-rich material like this can cause blooms of toxic algae and fish kills, as well as endangering people's health and being unsightly," Ms Francis said.