We hold regular sustainability events, including our annual Sustainability Matters and Green Business Networking events.
Watch our past online events
Past online events, including this year's Sustainability Matters event - Business Innovation and the Circular Economy can be viewed on our YouTube channel.
Light$mart – free LED lighting upgrades
All businesses and organisations in Darebin can apply for a free or subsidised LED lighting upgrade through our Light$mart program.
Our Sustainable Business Team as your local program experts can guide you through this program.
Register your interest by completing our sustainable business registration form
It's quick and easy to register online:
You can also email email@example.com to get involved.
Solar for Business
Darebin's Business Solar Bulk Buy program is now up and running. Through this program you can access support for installing solar on your business, as well as a quote from a reliable installer that offers value for money and has been selected through a competitive tender process. Go to Darebin's Solar Bulk Buy page to find out more and register your interest.
The State Government as part of the Solar for Business Program has rebates of up to $3,500 available for eligible Victorian small businesses to install solar power systems up to 30kW. Interest free loans of up to $5,000 (which can be paid back over 1 - 2 years) are also available to help with the installation costs of solar.
Apply and find out more about the Solar for Business Program.
Eligible businesses that go through the Darebin Solar Bulk Buy Program will be supported to access the Solar Victoria rebates.
The Victorian Government's Energy Compare tool is a free independent energy price comparison tool that will help your business get the best electricity and gas offer. Use the GreenPower filter on the website to access 100% renewable energy.
Business recycling bins
Up to two 240 litre yellow-lidded recycling bins, collected fortnightly, are available to Darebin businesses for a one-off fee of $102.00.
Find out more about recycling for your business.
Business organic waste recycling
Our organic waste recycling services provide a number of free and paid organic recycling options available to Darebin businesses.
Cafe to Garden
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to join up.
The circular economy and sustainable purchasing
Is your business ready to join the circular economy and move from a "Take → Make → Waste" model to the "Borrow → Use → Return" model?
Watch this year's Sustainability Matters event - Business Innovation and the Circular Economy or watch our short video or longer webinar to find out more about what local businesses are doing in this space. You may also be inspired by our case study videos on these local Circular Economy business champions: Fungi Solutions, Paperloop and Green Earth Recycle/Sunny Electronics.
The Buy Recycled Directory produced by Sustainability Victoria helps to support the circular economy with your purchasing decisions.
Sustainable business leaders
Darebin has many inspiring sustainable business leaders featured on our Sustainable business playlist.
Efficiency and sustainability health check
Our efficiency and sustainability health check helps you reduce energy bills and waste. Making your business more resilient and sustainable. Eligible businesses get a green business certification and will be promoted on our Business map and Sustainable Darebin map.
Email: email@example.com to request a check.
Our business and sustainability maps
Is your business listed on our Darebin business map? Use the "add your business" button to get listed.
On our Sustainable Darebin map you can find out where to take your items to be recycled. Support businesses that are going single-use plastic-free.
By February 2023, 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. Check out our plastic free Darebin business guide to find reusable alternatives.
If you have a food business watch our video about cleanliness to ensure all food is safe to consume, in containers fit for purpose and you meet all your legal responsibilities.
Free timers for non-perishable drinks fridges and other equipment
We provide free timers for businesses with fridges that contain non-perishable items, helping you reduce energy costs. You may also be able to access them for other equipment like sandwich presses and hot bain-maries.
To request a timer email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free bike racks for customer parking
You may be able to get a free bicycle parking hoop installed outside your business as part of our Bicycle Racks for Businesses program. Conditions apply.
To find out more fill in our online form.
Environmental upgrade agreements
Environmental upgrade agreements are available for businesses interested in installing large solar systems or undertaking significant energy efficiency upgrades. These agreements allow businesses to access a loan to undertake an environmental upgrade. This loan is repaid via a Council rates charge.
Email: email@example.com to find out more.
You might want to tap into some of these resources from other sustainability groups, programs, and organisations.
- Darebin Business Zero Waste Network facebook group
- Sustainability Victoria/business
- Business Energy Advice Program
- Australian Energy Foundation
- Climate Active
- CitySwitch Green Office Program
- Sustainable Salons
More informationSustainable Business Officer
Phone: 03 8470 8888