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Senator Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Media Release

Australian companies profit from cleaner production

24 May 1996

Leading Australian companies are profiting from cleaner production according to detailed case studies released today by the Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill.

The record of sustainable development in the form of increased profits and environmental benefits is included in a booklet produced by the Environment Protection Agency.

Senator Hill says Australian companies are learning that cleaner production doesn't mean higher costs.

"Cleaner Production benefits the environment while the company gains through lower production costs, improved productivity and decreased time spent in operating waste treatment and disposal systems.

"This booklet shows that both the company and the environment win when cleaner production practices are put into place."

The nine companies presented in the booklet are Australian Dyeing Company, Berrybank Farm (Charles I.F.E. Pty Ltd), Hendersons Automotive Group, Hotel Inter- Continental Sydney, Newcastle Galvanising, Oxford Panels, Premier Plating Company, Radiator Warehouse and Robert Bosch Australia.

Senator Hill has congratulated the companies for taking part in the study.

"These leading companies have recognised that economic development and the care for our urban environment are interdependent. This booklet should inspire other businesses to profit through cleaner production.

"The Government is committed to working co-operatively with business and the community to create a cleaner Australia in the context of sustainable development."

One of the booklet's case studies focuses on Western Australian company Premier Plating which electroplates over 3 million items a year with chrome, copper, gold, nickel, silver, tin and zinc. Before implementing cleaner production, the company sent 108,000 litres of sludge to the tip every year.

The company now recycles 90% of the effluent water within the plant, regenerates many of the chemicals used and sends only 18,000 litres of sludge to the tip. They have not only reduced water use but have also reduced use of chemicals and transport and reduced tip volumes. This became a large saving when tip fees were introduced at $120 per litre.

The Cleaner Industries Case Studies Booklet is available from the Environment Protection Agency in Canberra.

For further information contact:
Federal Environment Protection Agency, Jim Cannon, 06 274 1076 or Kerry Smith, 06 274 1622

Commonwealth of Australia