Lower your impact

Hints and tips for improving resource efficiency


If your business produces waste, then there is a good chance you are wasting money!

EPA has assembled a range of hints and tips aimed at assisting you to improve the resource efficiency in your business.

These tips will help identify ways to improve business environmental performance while increasing productivity and reducing costs of production. Resource efficiency is often a cheap and fast way to solve problems as reducing waste will reduce the size and cost of any subsequent treatment process and/or disposal costs.

Your business can look forward to:

  • increased cost saving
  • process efficiency
  • improved occupational health and safety management
  • enhanced shareholder relations
  • improved reputation.

The hints and tips have been grouped for ease of reference and the broad categories are listed below. They are intended to help you focus on specific areas in your business and guide your subsequent actions.

  • Waste assessment
  • Improve purchasing
  • Improve storage
  • Conserve energy
  • Conserve water
  • Preserve waterways
  • Reduce waste
  • Reduce risk
  • Improve information
  • Improve systems
  • Reduce odour and air emissions

Hints and tips for improving resource efficiency in your business (publication 1255)

Please note that the impacts of any actions on other resources should always be assessed prior to implementation. Please use this document in conjunction with the Environment and Resource Efficiency Program (EREP) Toolkit.

Victorian Centre for Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing

The VCSCM aims to help Australian industry improve its competitiveness and capabilities through research and development of sustainable chemical products and processes. To do this, it connects industry with training, knowledge and innovations in green chemistry and engineering.

Page last updated on 29 Jan 2014