There are many resources available for businesses who are looking at becoming more sustainable. Whether it is energy efficiency, saving water, recycling or planting a wildlife garden, there are a range of options for any size business.
Energy Savers Program
Whitehorse City Council is helping businesses to upgrade equipment and lighting with State Government subsidies through the new program, Energy Savers.
This program aims to provide support to businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 by helping them save money, while contributing towards Victoria’s 2050 zero net emissions target.
Businesses located in the municipality can register online to take advantage of the subsidies. Small businesses with 1-19 full-time employees located in the municipality can register online to take advantage of these subsidies that can reduce the cost of installing energy-efficient equipment, including new hot water systems, high efficiency air-conditioners, refrigeration, and other appliances.
Businesses who register are connected with a selected panel of accredited and trustworthy suppliers, who can take care of the installations and upgrades and required paperwork to access the subsidies. By switching to subsidised solar and energy-saving equipment, businesses can save operational costs and focus on growing their business.
After inspiration or more ideas? Case studies are now available with information about businesses who have taken part in the program.
Register your businesses interest online at Energy Savers.
Business Compost Rebates
Has your business considered composting? Compost incentives via Compost Revolution are available to businesses.
For more information visit Council’s composting and food waste page for more information.
Single Use Plastic Ban
From 1 February 2023, the Victorian Government banned the sale and supply of single-use plastic.The ban included plastic items made from conventional, degradable and compostable materials, including bioplastics.
Accepting Reusables at Your Businesses
The use of reusable containers is legal and an easy, affordable and sustainable solution businesses can adopt to manage the single-use plastic ban. Benefits of reusables include:
- Businesses can save money on purchasing disposable packaging.
- Increase customer loyalty. Welcoming reusables may encourage customers to return to their favourite business as you prioritise sustainability.
- Reduce waste ending up in landfill and our environment.
Visit Sustainability Victoria's website for free resources to get started.
Waste and Recycling Services
Council extends the residential bin services to smaller businesses, where suitable. Visit Council's bin services page for further information.
For businesses that create a lot of waste, consider seeking a competitive rate for a private collection company or for one off waste collections consider seeking options for skip hires.
Visit Planet Ark’s Business Recycling page for further resources such as tips on choosing a recycler, signage and a war on waste toolkit.
Other Disposal Options
If it can’t go in your bins, it may be recycled elsewhere. Such as e-waste, oil and liquid waste, light globes, chemicals, batteries, metals and paint.
Some items can be taken to Council’s Recycling and Waste Centre or recycled via a specialist recycler. Visit the Recycling and Waste Centre page for a list of accepted items and charges or visit Planet Ark’s business directory to find waste and recycling services near you.
Business Renewables Buying Group
We're joining forces with councils across Victoria to assist businesses to purchase renewable energy and cut their emissions.
The Business Renewables Buying Group is designed to bring together like-minded businesses seeking to switch to 100% renewable electricity. With the support of Council and an external facilitator, a group of medium and large sized businesses will work collectively to scale up their buying power whilst cutting complexity, time, and cost associated with going 100% renewable.
The aim of this program is to create a repeatable and scalable group purchasing method to support more businesses to join a renewable future. Council is recruiting business participants consuming over 500mWh per
annum of electricity and looking to scale up their buying power whilst cutting complexity, time, and cost associated with going 100% renewable.
This program is part of many Council projects aimed at supporting our community, both individuals and businesses alike, to reduce their carbon footprint by transitioning to100% renewable energy. Learn more about the Business Renewables Buying Group.
Looking to Cut Energy Costs
Business Victoria have developed a dedicated page for businesses with advice and information about cutting down energy costs. This includes savings through reduction of energy use and much more. Explore the page Cut Energy Costs today.
Gardens for Wildlife
Gardens for Wildlife is a free program designed to support locals to set an area aside in their garden for our wildlife. By planting indigenous or selected Australian native plants, you can create a garden that attracts birds, insects, butterflies, lizards and much more.
Businesses with an outdoor area, whether it be a garden bed in a carpark or courtyard with large planter pots, can register to have a visit from our Garden Guides. Advice is provided on how to make the area more wildlife friendly which will make it better habitat for humans too.
Are you a responsible café or wanting to become one? Get recognised for doing the right thing for the community and planet, whether it is offering a discount for bringing a reusable cup, using organic produce or reducing the use of disposable plastics within your cafe.
Registered café’s will be added to Responsible café’s digital map that is used by 1,000s of customers each week and café’s will have access to download posters and guides.
Visit the Responsible cafe website for more information.
Circular Economy Business Innovation Centre Grants
The Circular Economy Business Innovation Centre now have a number of grants available for eligible businesses.
Grants streams include identification, implementation and innovation. Visit the Circular Economy Business Innovation Centre’s webpage for more information.
Cigarette Butt Recycling
No More Butts has estimated that 4.5 billion cigarettes are consumed in Australia each year, with approximately half of this ending up as litter and over 2.25 billion cigarette butts end up in landfill each year in Victoria.
To tackle this issues, businesses are invited to participate in this free cigarette butt recycling program funded by a Sustainability Victoria Grant.
Participating businesses will simply collect cigarette butts from existing ash trays, place them in the provided bags and store them in the provided bin until they are collected. Butts collected taken to Fungi Solutions for recycling.
Register if you are a business that would be interested in this program.