More than 1,600 Canberra businesses committed to saving energy and reducing waste

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

More than 210 businesses signed up to Actsmart programs during 2017 saving on electricity bills and improving recycling, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury announced today.

“The growth of both programs means we now have more than 1,620 businesses across Canberra who are committed to saving energy and reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill,” Mr Rattenbury said.

The Actsmart Business Energy and Water Program sees small businesses, owners corporations and community organisations across the ACT receive free onsite assessments, tailored action plans and access to a rebate of up to $5,000 to support infrastructure upgrades throughout the year.

Upgrading to more efficient technologies, including LED lights, better heating and cooling equipment and modern refrigeration systems saw small businesses saving on average $2,500 per year on electricity bills after participating in the program.

Other businesses, such as East Row IGA, are seeing savings of some $6,000 per year in electricity bills thanks to the installation of their new LED lighting. The IGA received a $4,960 rebate from Actsmart to help with the upgrade and paid off their investment in less than 10 months.

A further 123 businesses joined the Actsmart Business Recycling Program during 2017 and now actively divert mixed recycling, paper, cardboard and organics from waste and landfill.

Mr Rattenbury said one of the successful participants for the year was Calvary Hospital, who won Actsmart’s Biggest Recycler award for 2017 at the annual Actsmart Business Sustainability Awards. The hospital implemented 29 waste streams between May 2016 and April 2017 sending 1,533 tonnes to recycling – equivalent to 10,170 household recycling bins.

“Not only is participating in the Actsmart business programs great for the environment, but it is also a smart business decision. There are so many easy savings that can be made and the Actsmart team ensure the process is as simple as possible,” Mr Rattenbury said.

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