Senator Don Farrell, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, presented certificates to the Trust and major NSW-based companies including AusGrid, Essential Energy, Savills Australia and Westpac, in recognition of them joining the national FluoroCycle recycling scheme.
“FluoroCycle has the very important aim of reducing the amount of mercury entering the environment from the disposal of mercury-containing lighting,” Senator Farrell said at the Opera House today.
“Having the Sydney Opera House on board is a huge boost for the scheme. One of the world’s great sights is seeing the Opera House lit up at night. Now, lighting from this landmark building will be recycled and the mercury prevented from entering the environment.”
Senator Farrell said 135 organisations nationally have signed up to the initiative and urged more companies to show the same commitment to protecting the environment.
“Joining FluoroCycle is an ideal way for businesses to do something practical to help the environment,” he said. “The Australian Government’s support of FluoroCycle includes $600,000 in funding for the first three years of the scheme and is part of our commitment to reducing the impact of waste disposal on the environment and improving the efficiency of resource use.”