Business sustainability

Using sustainable resources and introducing recycling and waste reduction measures can have a positive effect on the environment, but can also improve your business’s profitability and reputation.

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Sustainable energy

Switching to a more sustainable source of energy is a cost effective way to make your business more environmental friendly. If you are interested in switching, you may be eligible for government assistance.

Recycling and waste reduction

Reducing the amount of waste that your business creates can reduce associated waste management costs and prevent items from going to landfill unnecessarily.

Lightweight plastic bag ban

Lightweight plastic shopping bags are now banned in Victoria. 

The ban applies to all retailers – including supermarkets, greengrocers, bakeries, pharmacies, clothes stores, restaurants, cafes, markets, food outlets, and many more.

The ban applies to all lightweight plastic shopping bags which have a thickness of 35 microns or less at any part of the bag, including degradable, biodegradable and compostable bags.

Single use plastics ban

Single-use straws, cutlery, plates, drink-stirrers, expanded polystyrene food and drink containers, and cotton bud sticks will be banned from sale or supply in Victoria by February 2023. The ban will help reduce plastic pollution. Business can choose reusables instead, or eliminate the use of certain items altogether.