To help fight the war on waste, City of Melbourne is launching a $50,000 Single-use Waste Reduction Fund to help retail and hospitality businesses reduce their impact on the environment.

Single-use waste refers to any product that is intended to be used only once and then discarded. This includes:

  • shopping bags
  • coffee cups
  • plastic cups
  • straws
  • packaging
  • bottled water.

Eligible retail and hospitality businesses can apply for up to $2000 funding to reduce the usage of any single-use waste item in their day-to-day operations and services. Examples include:

  • purchase of re-usable items
  • a customer-based campaign to promote available recyclable or re-usable items
  • other innovative measures that meet the program goals.

Application forms and details of the fund are available at this link.