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Sustainable business practices

Businesses can meet the challenges that come with transitioning to a low-carbon economy by taking steps to operate more efficiently, while also increasing profitability, and retaining competitiveness and jobs.

Challenges businesses may face include:

  • rising production costs
  • rising operating costs
  • managing supply chain risks

Businesses, of all sizes and in all sectors, can go green by taking the following steps:

  • create new jobs through developing and adopting new and emerging green technologies and products
  • connect with other businesses through networking sessions and workshops to learn how others are finding ways to operate more sustainably
  • promote your green products and services to local businesses and residents on social media and on your website
  • provide Council with information that we can use to showcase our ‘sustainability champions’ to encourage other businesses to follow suit 

Reduce your carbon footprint

A number of resources are available from State and Federal Government agencies to help you save money by reducing your business’ carbon footprint.


Reducing your environmental impact

You can find out valuable tips about reducing the impacts of lighting, heating, hot water and office appliances through the Moreland Energy Foundation's website.

Get tips on reducing your business' energy consumption from Sustainability Victoria.


Resource efficiency and best practice

Find out more about supporting your business’ profitability through improving resource efficiency on the EPA website.


Water consumption

Businesses wanting to reduce their water consumption can access resources including case studies, a best practice guide, sector-specific initiatives and a business e-newsletter through the Yarra Valley Water website.


Join the BYO Container program

Are you a food business that accepts reusable containers, coffee cups or other items? Or are you looking to introduce BYO reusables into your business? If so, we welcome you to be a part of the City of Whittlesea's BYO Container Program. 

How can you get involved?

  • Complete our online application and survey to give us an indication on the processes you currently have in place to reduce single use plastic.
  • Download the BYO container toolkit for more information about the program
  • Or download an accessible word version of the toolkit
  • Use our poster and decals (provided by us for free) to encourage customers to bring their own bags and containers and promote that your business supports residents to bring their own reusables

We will also list your business as BYO container friendly on our Visit Whittlesea website.