Darebin businesses and organisations can now upgrade their lights to LED through Darebin's Light$mart Program for FREE (conditions apply)
All businesses in Darebin are now able to apply for our Light$mart program, which offers a free or subsidised LED lighting upgrade to local businesses and organisations (conditions apply). So far over 250 Darebin businesses/organisations have been upgraded through this program, saving an average of $420 a year on their electricity bills.
To find out more and register your interest please email email@example.com and put 'Light$mart' in your subject heading.
Sustainability Matters 2020 – now a series of online webinars
Watch our 2020 Sustainability Matters webinars here. We have webinars on Solar and Energy Efficiency, Reducing Waste and the Circular Economy.
Sustainability Matters brings the stories of local businesses taking the lead in sustainability to other businesses, residents and interested community members. Through them you will hear about local businesses adopting green practices and cutting their costs, whilst reducing their carbon footprint, waste and often growing their business. Within these webinars you will hear from local businesses A Little Light, CERES Fair Food & Fair Wood, Charles Sandford & McKay Joinery, EnviroShop, Exquisine, Integrated Recycling, Moon Rabbit, Show Works, Suntory (formerly Mocopan), Terra Madre and The Northcote Bakeshop. These webinars also include the work of local artists Maria Coviello and Bec James and live sketching from Mathew Magain of Sketch Group.
Our Sustainability Matters webinars were proudly sponsored by the Victorian State Government in 2020.
If you would like to be kept informed about future Sustainability Matters and Sustainable Business events sign up to our Business ENews monthly newsletter.
To view the individual stories of speakers and panel members from this year and previous years go to our Sustainable Business Playlist on the CityofDarebin YouTube page.
Local Sustainability Business Leaders
Many businesses in Darebin are taking a lead in terms of environmental sustainability. Be inspired and learn more about they are taking incremental steps to reduce their impact on the environment, reduce their carbon emissions whilst gaining local support in the process, through viewing these 10 Sustainable Business Leader videos.
1. A Little Light
2. CERES Fair Food & CERES Fair Wood
3. Charles Sandford & McKay Joinery
5. Fairfield Phyisotherapy
6. Moon Rabbit
7. Shiny Embroidery
8. Show Works
9. Terra Madre
10. The Northcote Bakeshop
Business Recycling Bins
We offer a fortnightly Business Recycling Service for a one-off fee of $96.00 per 240 litre bin, with a maximum of two bins available. All items recyclable in the Darebin residential recycling bins are accepted. To find out what you can put in your business recycling bin go to What can go in my recycling bin?.
To order your business recycling bin(s) go to www.darebin.vic.gov.au/Recycling
Business Organic Waste Recycling
There are a number of options available to Darebin businesses for recycling organic waste; some of these are outlined here. Options include: recycling your organic waste via on-site worm farms, participating in a range of community schemes like sharewaste in which local residents and customers may come and collect some or all of your organic waste and setting up an organic waste collection service with a private contractor.
For local cafes you might be interested in participating in our Cafe to Garden program that links you to customers and residents that will pick up your coffee grounds. We currently have 13 local cafes participating in this program, to find out who they are go to www.darebinfoodharvestnetwork.org.au/cafetogarden
If you are interested in starting to recycle your organics, or if you are already doing it and we don't know, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Solar Bulk Buy and Environmental Upgrade Agreements
Register your interest in the Business Solar Saver Program and/or an Environmental Upgrades at www.darebin.vic.gov.au/solar
More and more businesses in Darebin are realising the financial, environmental and business benefits of installing solar on their rooftops. As energy prices continue to go up, solar for business becomes not just a good idea, but an excellent business proposition for reducing on-going costs in a very cost-effective way. The Darebin Business Solar Saver program is making it easier for you to join with over 140 other businesses who have installed solar locally.
Through the Darebin's Business Solar Saver program you can take advantage of our Council Solar Bulk Buy program.
For businesses interested in installing large solar system or undertaking energy efficiency upgrades, we can help you to source funding to achieve this through an Environmental Upgrade Agreement. Watch this short video to find out more about what an Environmental Upgrade Agreement is and how it works.
Green Business Networking Events
Join us for our 2020 Green Business Networking event in late 2020 and hear from local businesses who are saving money through reducing their energy use and bills. Register your interest by emailing email@example.com.
The Green Business Network meets bi-annually. At least one of these events is held within a local business that showcases their sustainable actions and initiatives. It is a chance to network, share ideas, inspiration and resources. Sign up for our Business ENews monthly newsletter to keep informed about future events and details.
CERES Fair Food hosted our last Green Business networking event in November 2019. If you missed this event, don't worry, you can find out about some of the great sustainability actions CERES Fair Food and Fair Wood have been undertaking by watching this great video.
Sustainable Leaders in Manufacturing - Building Business Resilience by reducing costs
Join our SLIM (Sustainable Leaders in Manufacturing) program by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are working with over 30 local manufacturers to help them reduce their energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions and waste. Through their participation in SLIM all these businesses have saved thousands of dollars through making changes to help their businesses be more environmentally sustainable.
All our SLIM businesses have installed LED lighting, many have installed solar, some have formed industrial ecology business partnerships to turn their waste into a resource for others, and all have reduced their waste going to landfill.
We are also looking for businesses interested in accessing a highly subsidised Energy & Materials solutions assessment. If you are a local manufacturer and are interested in getting support to save money and reduce your energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions and waste and interested in connecting with other sustainable leaders in manufacturing email email@example.com or call 8470 8550.
Free timers for non-perishable drinks fridges
If you have fridges that contain non-perishable items, you could be saving between $400 - $500 a year by switching them off when your business is closed. We are offering food and beverage businesses free fridge timers as part of our Darebin Fridge Timer Program to reduce electricity consumption.
To register your interest email firstname.lastname@example.org call 8470 8344.
Free bike racks for customer parking
Council is committed to encouraging green travel and will install a free bicycle parking hoop as part of our Bicycle Racks for Businesses program outside eligible local businesses.
To find out if your business meets the eligibility criteria for safety and accessibility please complete our online form and a transport officer will contact you.
Green Business Directory
If your business sells ‘green’ products or services, or is actively working to reduce energy consumption, water usage and waste you may be eligible to be listed on our Green Business Directory.
Over 220 businesses, including cafes, accountants, retail shops, osteopaths, mechanics, solar power installers, manufacturers and more are listed on the Darebin Green Business Directory. These businesses are working to operate more sustainably and/or offering ‘green’ products and services that help reduce environmental impact. Why not think about doing business with them!
To find out more email email@example.com or call 8470 8344.
"We are Greening our Business" stickers and certificates
Does your business/organisation have solar, or are you recycling and working to reduce energy consumption, water usage and waste? If so, do you have your ‘We are Greening our Business’ sticker and are you listed and promoted in our Green Business Directory?
The ‘We are Greening our Business’ stickers have been developed to recognise and celebrate the effort you are making to reduce your environmental impact. A certificate can accompany the sticker to let your customers and peers know about your efforts.
Bronze, silver or gold stars are allocated to mark each area of action (lighting, energy efficiency, solar, water, waste, food, chemicals, transport, and sustainable products). The more actions you take, the more stars you get.
If you have taken action to reduce your environmental footprint and would like to participate in the program, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 8470 8344. To find out which businesses in Darebin have a 'We are Greening our Business' sticker go to our Darebin Green Business Directory.
The 'We are Greening our Business' assessment process also helps you identify further sustainability actions your business can take.
VIC Bag Ban
Lightweight plastic shopping bags are now banned in Victoria. This ban was brought in by the Victorian State Government in November 2019. For details regarding the type of bags that are banned and those that are allowed go to www.vicbagban.com.au or call 1800 817 723.
Darebin City Council supports sustainability in business
We can all make small changes within our business to reduce waste and our use of single use plastics. For retail, cafes, restaurants and food vendors alike, educating our customers and clients on the use of sustainable programs including Boomerang Bags , Retub, Trashless Takeaway and Responsible Cafes is a great place to start.
Remember though, food businesses have legal responsibilities to ensure all food is safe to consume. This includes ensuring that food is served in containers that are fit for purpose and have been cleaned and sanitised. To find out more, go to our Food Safety webpage, or watch our video on Cleanliness.
Want some financial help from the State and Federal Government to take action to reduce energy and waste within your business?
Sustainability Victoria has just released the following grants: E-waste Infrastructure; Research, Development and Demonstration; Resource Recovery Infrastructure and Recycling Industry Transition Support. Keep your eye on their Grants and Funding page to see what is currently on offer and available. Also check out their broader directory/page to help you find funding (from a number of sources) to save energy in your business. Sustainability Victoria also offers a range of case studies, tips and resources to help your business become more sustainable.
The Federal Government's Energy Efficient Communities Grants will be open in early 2020 to help businesses and community organisations undertake energy efficiency projects. Some funding may be available for installing solar pv, hot water and batteries for community organisations only through this grant program as well.
Other places to go for help on your sustainability journey?
The following websites offer some great tips and resources:
Sustainable Business Officer
Phone: 8470 8550