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Sustainable Industry and Business

Business and Industry are important members of the catchment community and have a large role to play in protecting and conserving our environment.  As with homes and individuals, everything we do at work has the potential to impact on our environment.

Potential issues will vary depending on the industry you are in, and legislation may even apply.  In NSW there are several pieces of legislation which apply to environmental protection issues that may result from normal business operations such as noise, air and stormwater pollution.

The Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act) is the main NSW environmental legislation covering water, land, air and noise pollution and waste management.

The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2001 encourages industries to take voluntary action to reduce the environmental impacts of their products; if performance does not improve the industries may be subject to mandatory extended producer responsibility (EPR) schemes.

Information and links can be found below to various programs to help you and your business become more sustainable.  You can also contact your local Council who may be able to provide some more informatioBHPn.

The Office of Environment & Heritage has several programs that have been developed specifically for businesses and industry.

Sustainability Advantage  assists businesses to achieve good environment performance that will reduce risk, lower costs, improve productivity and enhance reputation.  NSW OEH invites businesses to partner in this program to achieve business sustainability.

The Energy Efficiency for Small Business Program  provides help for business to reduce energy usage, make the shift to a low carbon economy and do their bit for the environment is now available.

Storing and handling liquids training information - Did you know that any liquid – from milk and oils to hazardous chemicals – has the potential to harm the environment?  A suite of resources have been developed to assist trainers when conducting education and training for the storage and handling of liquid substances.

The DECCWalso have a wealth of industry sector specific information.

Building sites in particular can have a large impact on our waterways through soil and dirt washing away into stormwater drains when it rains.  According to POEO Act 1997, the owner and the builder are responsible for controlling soil erosion and preventing sediment from the building site from being washed into stormwater drains.  Visit our Impacts and Problems pages for more information, or go to the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage website.

MACROCMake It in Macarthur - Symmetry Sustainable Business - SSB is a unique sustainability enhancement program designed to improve environmental practices of small businesses.  It’s a project of the Centre of Excellence in Sustainability, dedicated to 'best practice' in sustainability and sponsored jointly by Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils (MACROC), the University of Western Sydney (UWS) and Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living (MCSL).

AusIndustry - Funding for green business initiatives is also available through the Australian Governments AusIndustry initiative - Clean Business Australia.

Sydney Water Every Drop Counts Business Program - The EDC Business Program works with business in the Sydney region to help them cut water use and business costs.  The program is targeted to businesses who use more than 80,000L/day, but the information can be applied to any size business.