ACT businesses sign on to energy efficiency and recycling program


The ACT Government has reported that more than 210 businesses signed up to Actsmart programs during 2017, saving on electricity bills and improving recycling

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

Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said the programs now have more than 1,620 businesses across Canberra who are committed to saving energy and reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.

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 as a result of installation of 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.

More information is at www.actsmart.act.gov.au .

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