Restaurant fined for dumping waste down storm water drain

Released 08/08/2019

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is warning food businesses not to dump waste into storm water drains following a $875 fine issued to a Garema Place restaurant for pouring oil and grease into a storm water drain.

Narelle Sargent of the EPA said pouring oil and grease down storm water drains pollutes our waterways and results in dying fish, algae overgrowth and unsafe swimming conditions in our creeks, lakes and rivers.

"The only thing that should be going down storm water drains is storm water," Mrs Sargent said.

"In May 2018 and November 2018 officers from the EPA and Health Protection Services undertook audits of food businesses focusing on kitchen maintenance, clearing facilities and points of entry into storm water.

"The EPA will continue to undertake proactive audits of businesses and activities that pose a risk to the environment including building and construction sites and food businesses.

"We all have a duty to protect the environment. A clean and safe environment leads to better health and prosperity for all.

"Members of the public can play their part in protecting the environment by reporting pollution to the EPA via Access Canberra on 13 22 81," Mrs Sargent said.

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