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Primo Foods must pay $150,000 towards community projects in a legally binding Enforceable Undertaking with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) after wastewater from its Western Sydney facility allegedly polluted the Cooks River.

The meat processing company reported the incident after a blocked trade waste drain on-site led to 1,000L to 5,000L of contaminated wastewater escaping from a stormwater drain and entering the Cooks River on 8 November 2022.

In response, Primo will contribute $150,000 to Cooks River Alliance projects designed to improve the health and water quality of the Cooks River and the Cooks River Foreshore. These initiatives include the Litter Booms Project and a Coastal Management Program.

For more information, read the NSW Environmental Protection (EPA) media release.