Heads up business owners – trained assessors may soon be knocking on your door offering free waste assessments.
Funded by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), the $4.7 million Bin Trim program is part of the Waste Less Recycle More initiative, which has been funded from the waste levy.
One of two contractors for the region is locally based sustainability consultant company Cool Planet. Its director/founder Daniel Harper heads one of the largest and most experienced independent providers of waste, resource and energy assessments in regional Australia.
The Mullumbimby High School graduate says that the current program is a follow-up from energy assessments his company did in the region a few years ago.
‘With an uptake of around 800 in the northern rivers,’ he says, ‘we got one of the highest uptakes in NSW, per capita. We are really excited to be able to offer a free new service to reduce cost and waste for businesses.’
With the majority of north coast businesses being SME (small medium enterprises), Mr Harper and his team are contracted to contact 335 businesses from Tweed to Grafton by the end of September.
‘With a little education, we can reduce our collective footprint,’ he says. ‘Four per cent of Australia’s carbon emissions come from green- house gases released from landfill, so every bit helps.’
His team can also provide help with accessing rebates and offer free recycling signage.
For more info phone 1300 687 888, visit www.coolplanet.com.au or www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/busrecycgrants.htm.