A man has been fined over 19 hundred dollars for dumping butcher shop waste in a Lockwood park..
The EPA and Parks Victoria launched an investigation after a trail bike rider saw the man dumping bones, off cuts of meat and fat in the Bendigo Regional Park.
The butcher shop waste was a hazard to the environment, according to EPA North West Regional Manager Dr Scott Pigdon.
“Rotting or decomposing raw meat products can produce quite offensive odours and become heavily contaminated and infectious, with possible detrimental consequences for wildlife in the park,” Dr Pigdon said.
“EPA officers and Parks Victoria Rangers started with the eye witness report and worked together to successfully identify and locate the offender,” he said.
Disposing of industrial waste on Crown Land contravenes Section 27A(2)(a) of the Environment Protection Act 1970.
Along with a fine of $1934, the man has also been ordered to remove the waste from the park.