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Environmental Sustainability Strategy

Business Sustainable Opportunities

Supporting our businesses to become more sustainable

City of Parramatta provides a range of support to local businesses to become more sustainable:

 

Programs
  • Free water assessment

    Businesses are encouraged to take advantage of a free water assessment to help reduce their water, wastewater, and energy (hot water) bills.

    The Council’s Water Efficiency Officer can attend your business at a suitable time (with PPE) to conduct a simple walk-through assessment and discuss a range of opportunities to help you save.

    We may also be able to help you with:

    • free minor retrofits (e.g. installation of new tap aerators, washers, showerheads, signage),
    • subsidised appliance/equipment upgrades, and
    • leak repairs.

    Book an assessment

    For a free assessment, contact Project Officer Ben Perkins on:

    Phone: (02) 9806 8118

    Email: bperkins@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

    The City of Parramatta is one of five local councils that have partnered with Sydney Water to fund and deliver this program.

  • City of Parramatta is offering free waste assessments to local businesses with less than 400 employees to help them reduce waste and improve recycling practices.

    Improving waste management

    Improving waste management practices within your business can reduce ongoing costs, attract new customers, increase staff morale, and ensure you get the best value from your waste services.

    Free assessments

    Waste assessments are conducted by an expert assessor, and includes a visual analysis of waste streams and a tailored action plan with recommendations.

    Businesses that participate in the program may also be eligible for financial rebates to buy equipment such as compactors, balers and other small scale on-site recycling equipment.

    Register for assessment

    To register your business for a free waste assessment, contact Council’s Sustainability Officer on:

    Phone: (02) 9806 8135

    Email: waste@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

    This project is a NSW EPA Waste Less Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy

  • Run by Business Australia, this free energy advisory service is available for local small businesses (6 to 20 employees).

    The service offers face-to-face and phone to connect businesses to industry specific energy saving opportunities and options to help manage their energy use.

    The service also provides all businesses free access to information including case studies, fact sheets, and information on how businesses can access government grants.

    To find out more and about how to access this free service and start saving money today Register online or Call 1300 415 224.

    This program has been made possible through funding from the Federal Government’s Business Energy Advice Program (BEAP), and is being delivered in partnership with the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), as part of the Western Sydney Energy Program.

    For any queries on the BEAP contact Council’s Sustainability Officer on 9806 8135 or enviroed@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

  • Thinking of running an environmental clean-up, tree planting or similar event with your staff at work?

    Council can provide general assistance to local businesses especially around the national Clean Up Australia Day and National Tree Day events.

    Contact City of Parramatta's Natural Resource Team:

    Phone: (02) 9806 8280

    Email: bushcare@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

  • Planet Ark’s Business Recycling Near You website is Australia's most comprehensive online database that helps small to medium businesses find recycling collection and support services for the workplace.

    Business Recycle Near You

    General Recycle Near You

    For Council support relating to business waste and recycling contact Council’s Commercial Waste Team:

    Phone: (02) 9806 8296

    Email: waste@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

  • Commercial building owners in the City of Parramatta Local Government Area can access private finance for building upgrades through the NSW Government’s Building Upgrade Finance initiative.

    Eligible upgrades

    This type of private finance is tailored to suit common building upgrades to existing non–residential, non-strata buildings that result in an environmental improvement.

    Upgrades eligible for finance are:

    • solar
    • air conditioning systems
    • building management systems
    • hot water boilers
    • refrigeration units
    • lifts
    • lighting
    • bathroom renovations
    • façade

    More information

    Contact Rebecca Peacock, Environmental Outcomes Team

    Phone: 9806 5733

    Email: rpeacock@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

    Learn more about Building Upgrade Finance
  • Developed following years of research and successful pilots, the ClimateClever platform brings together the most effective components to create an innovative, data-driven App, consisting of three interactive online tools. The App enables schools, businesses, and residents, to: 

    • easily calculate and track their carbon footprint; 
    • conduct an audit of their buildings; and 
    • create personalised action plans to reduce consumption, costs, and carbon emissions across all utilities (electricity, gas, water and waste)
    Sign up now

Save Power Kits for loan

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The Save Power Kits includes power monitoring equipment to help you identify where you are using power and where you can be saving power (and reducing your greenhouse gas emissions).

Kit types

There are two types of kit you can borrow:

The Save Power kit contains range of practical tools including a power monitor to work out how much power your appliances are using, an infrared thermometer to check for drafts and a thermometer to test heating and cooling as well as a stopwatch and compass

The Power Mate kit has a single energy meter to measure how much energy your appliances use. It can also tell you how much your electricity costs for each appliance. Even when an appliance is on standby it can draw power, adding extra costs to bills unnecessarily.

Kit locations

Kits are available to adult library members for 1 week and must be returned in person.

Library branch # Save Power Kit (black) # PowerMate Kit (white)
Carlingford 2 2
Constitution Hill 1 2
Dundas 1 1
Epping 2 2
Ermington 1 1
Parramatta 6 6

A program to help people save power and money is now available for loan at City of Parramatta Library and its branches as part of the NSW Government’s Home Energy Action Program.

Workshops and events

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Council offers a range of community workshops and events on topics such as:

  • worm farming and composting
  • green cleaning
  • going plastic free
  • growing your own food
  • cycle safety and maintenance.

For details on upcoming events visit and like our Liveable Parramatta Facebook page.

Walking and cycling

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Council has developed a network of cycleways to support cycling around the City for both commuters and recreational riders.

There are a range of bushwalks, historic walks and walking pathways within Parramatta. Check out our walking page to plan your next walking adventure.