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Sustainability is most often defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.

Council’s Business Directions team works on a variety of programs and partnerships which help businesses to reduce costs, along with their impact on the environment.

These include:

  • Kingston Sustainable Business Breakfasts
  • ASPIRE – an online waste match-making website for business outputs and inputs
  • Environmental Upgrade Agreement Financing
  • Operation Clean Sweep to reduce plastic resin pellet loss into our waterways.

Sustainable Business Breakfasts 

At our Sustainable Business Breakfasts, join with other local business owners over a hot breakfast, to hear participating business profiles, their interest in sustainability and new initiatives to reduce operating costs.  Become part of a growing network of businesses that are aware of the competitive advantage of sharing sustainable knowledge and business innovation.

A growing number of Kingston businesses recognise the value of sharing sustainability initiatives and information at bi-monthly networking breakfasts.

For more information, and to register for our next Sustainable Business Breakfasts view our Events Calendar.



An online match-making program for material resources and waste streams

ASPIRE is an online material resource match-maker which aims to reduce waste management costs. It can reduce your waste disposal costs and cut the amount of waste going to landfill. You can learn more about the program, find out the benefits of ASPIRE by watching the video below, or register.


Environmental Upgrade Agreement Financing

Unlock immediate cash savings

Completing an environmental upgrade with finance from Sustainable Australia Fund can put more cash in the pocket of your business now, when you need it most.

To support businesses during COVID-19, Sustainable Australia Fund is offering special finance terms, for Environmental Upgrade Agreements settled before 30 June 2020.

  • Loan terms of up to 20 years to maximise cashflow
  • Up to 100% project finance, including hard and soft costs
  • Fixed, quarterly repayments made via local council rates
  • Repayments can be split between landlord and tenants
  • No capital or additional personal security required

If you’re looking to upgrade your businesses environmental sustainability – be it energy, water, waste or another type of work – there is now an opportunity for you to access easy finance, assisted by Kingston Council.

Environmental Upgrade Agreement Financing can be used to support a broad range of works to improve the environmental sustainability of Kingston businesses.

Using resources sustainably is not only good for the environment, it can also improve your profit and reputation with customers. Find out how to reduce the amount of energy and water your business uses and improve your waste management by reading How to make your business environmentally friendly.

Why should installers offer our finance?


Operation Clean Sweep

For business in the Plastics Industry - make zero pellet loss your goal.

The Plastics Industry Association introduced the Operation Clean Sweep® program in 1992. 

The message is simple: Resin pellets should be contained, reclaimed and/or disposed of properly. OCS provides solutions to prevent pellets ending up in the environment.

This program is good for the environment, for the safety of employees and for business in general. 

The Operation Clean Sweep® program and manual contains guidelines to help plastics industry operations managers reduce the loss of pellets to the environment.

These guidelines may also help you to achieve compliance and avoid penalties.

Download the EPA Plastic Pellet Loss fact sheet or watch the video below for more information.


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