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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:

Water saving partnership

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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


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

Bin trim waste assessment

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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


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

Free business energy advice

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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

Business sustainability events

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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


Recycling near you

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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


Building upgrade finance

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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


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.

Sustainability Awards

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The City of Parramatta runs an annual awards program to recognise and celebrate the hard work of individuals and groups who are committed to improving our environment.

It recognises the effort that these champions have put into reducing their own impact on the environment or in helping others to do the same.


If you or someone you know is passionate about sustainability issues and is actively doing something about it, why not nominate them for our Environmental Citizen of the Year award?

Whether their passion is saving energy, growing their own food, avoiding waste, protecting local environments, recycling, or sharing knowledge with others – don’t let their efforts go unnoticed.

Award nominations for 2019/20 have now closed but nominations for 2020/21 will open in early 2021.


For more information

Contact the Sustainability & Waste Team:

Phone: (02) 9806 8292