Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter today announced a $5.29 million initiative to help South Australian industry improve its trade waste systems.
“This two-year Trade Waste Transition Initiative will help South Australian businesses to become more efficient and reduce costs, through funding to help identify and improve resource management,” he said.
“Some of South Australia’s best known companies will be assisted to reduce their costs through productivity improvements, through assistance from the Office of Green Industries SA in collaboration with SA Water.”
Funding will be offered towards assessments that will identify how to better use waste and other resources.
“The assessment will cover energy, materials, water consumption, waste and processes efficiency, and subsidies up to 50 per cent will be available for eligible businesses.
“SA Water food and beverage trade waste customers can use the results of the assessment to apply for a grant that may provide half of the cost of putting in place the trade waste management improvements.
“This will help support improvements in processes, new or upgraded plant and equipment, staff training and education.”
Food SA CEO Catherine Sayer said the programme will benefit the local food industry.
“Trade waste is a significant issue for the South Australian food industry, and this new targeted programme will substantially help our industry to reduce costs in their business,” she said.
Mr Hunter the Trade Waste Transition Initiative is expected to pass up to $20 million in savings direct to SA Water customers over the next 20 years, who will see wastewater prices kept down.
“It will also identify savings for businesses, opening opportunities for production, expansion, innovation and creation of jobs,” he said.
“The initiative’s focus on the food and beverage manufacturing industry recognises that it is the largest manufacturing sector in the State, providing more than 21,000 jobs to the economy.”
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