Parramatta and Auburn City Councils are encouraging businesses in one of Sydney’s most significant industrial hubs to take part in a new waste exchange program designed to reduce landfill and enhance inter-business community relationships.
Businesses within the suburbs of Camellia, Rosehill, Clyde, Granville and Silverwater in the Duck River catchment are invited to attend the second of two business workshops on 19 November to have input into finalising the design of the program.
In partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF), Parramatta and Auburn City Councils aim to prevent commercial and industrial waste streams such as food waste, packaging waste, wooden pallets and e-waste going to landfill by developing systems for reuse and recovery.
“The Camellia and Silverwater industrial precincts provide significant and valuable resources to the NSW economy and society and through this program will now provide useful resources to one another”, said the Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr Paul Garrard.
“This program will not only have environmental benefits – it will also benefit businesses in the Duck River catchment to achieve financial, social and environmental sustainability as well as helping them achieve positive environmental goals,” he said.
The first initiative of its kind in the area, the waste exchange will provide participating businesses with cost-effective opportunities to recover, reuse and recycle resources from waste streams of other businesses.
Encompassing an area of about 39 square kilometres, the Duck River catchment is home to more than 600 businesses including Rosehill Racecourse and the Shell Clyde Refinery, the longest operating oil refinery in Australia.
The waste exchange program is part of the councils’ business sustainability program, a collaboration between Parramatta and Auburn City Councils, with funding from the NSW Environment Trust, helping businesses in the Duck River catchment achieve financial, social and environmental sustainability.