Step Into Walk To School Month

There are days when getting the kids to school can feel like an uphill battle. From the brushing of teeth to the hurried consumption of cereal and then there is the actual getting there. “It’s too cold, my legs hurt, my friends all get driven”.

From the 8th October to 2nd November you will hear no such protests. Little ones will be practically skipping (or scooting, riding, running), as they take part in Walk to School month. The event will create less traffic, less emissions and more happy, healthy kids.

Last year over 140,000 kids took part across Australia and they all unanimously loved it! Whether you’re a pupil, a teacher, a parent or the lolly pop person, contact your school to see if they plan on taking part.

Find out more about Walk to School Month here.

Tour de Cecil - A Celebration of Everyday Riding

This October and November, join our celebration of everyday riding on the recently upgraded Cecil Street bike route in South Melbourne. Whether you’re a new or regular rider there’s an activity for everyone this spring, with pedal-powered cinema, bike breakfast, free tune-ups, bike confidence training and more.


Whether you’re a seasoned bike rider or a novice pedal’er, whether you favour a racing bike or a vintage ride with a wicker basket, the Tour De Cecil has something for everyone. From pedal-powered cinema and free tune-ups, to bike confidence training and a bike breakfast and much more besides.

City of Port Phillip to Star at Awards

Finalists have just been announced for the 2018 Premier’s Sustainability Awards and three projects from the City of Port Phillip star! The Awards celebrate inspirational people and organisations who are leading the way to a sustainable future.

In the Education category, Albert Park Pre-School celebrates a shared vision with the local Boon Wurrung people to keep a promise to Bunjil, an Indigenous creator deity, to take care of the children and the land.

Elenara Rooming House in St Kilda, operated by the Department of Health and Human Services, has been named a finalist in the Environmental Justice category for an upgrade that incorporates a range of sustainability features.

A council partnership between the cities of Port Phillip, Melbourne, Yarra and Moreland is a finalist in the Government category for developing the ground-breaking Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP).

Winners will be announced at the Premier’s Sustainability Awards gala dinner at The Forum in Melbourne on Thursday 11 October.

The Premier will also personally select two overall winners of the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award and the Premier’s Recognition Award, to be announced at the ceremony.

For more information, photos and profiles of all finalists, click here

Could you be an Enviro Champ?

Our Enviro Champs Program will support individuals or small groups to develop and deliver their own sustainability projects. Whether it's a community compost service, a sustainability podcast, a food waste alternative, or whatever your imagination conjures up.

The program will deliver a 10 week workshop program covering everything you need to make your project a sustainability success. The workshops will be held at the stunning St Kilda Life Saving Club.  

Workshops will take place between 6:30 and 8:30pm on the following dates. 

October - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

November - 13, 20, 27

December - 4, 11


The workshops will cover the following topics;

Session 1, Establish Group and Set Scene. 

Session 2, Share project ideas and inspiration

Session 3, Creating Change

Session 4, Advocacy

Session 5, Project Planning

Session 6, Engaging and Managing Volunteers, Resourcing Your Project

Session 7, Communicating for Change

Session 8, Project Proposals/Ideas

Session 9, Trouble Shooting

Session 10, Evaluation

Each workshop will also have a guest presenter, an inspiring member of our community who knows a thing or two about delivering a sustainability project. 

If you've got ideas and want expert support to deliver them, we want to hear from you! If you don’t have a project in mind but you do have the passion to find one, we still want to hear from you!

Applications close on the 20th September, spaces are limited. Email for more details or to return your application. 

Old phones for good food

From the old brick-phone that's missing a button, to the tangled mess of broken chargers and earbuds – we’re all guilty of it; a bottom drawer full of unwanted and unused mobile phones and mobile accessories.  

In fact, there are now more unused mobile phones than there are people in Australia. These products are full of precious metals, and can easily be recycled to reduce the environmental impact of new phones and other products.  

How easy is it? 

Just bring your old mobile phone, and mobile phone accessories along to City of Port Phillip reception at 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda, and we’ll take it from there. You can leave knowing you’ve reduced future CO2 emissions, and provided a meal to someone in need! 

Mobile Muster will provide a meal to someone in need through OzHarvest 

Mobile Muster has partnered with OzHarvest for the #mobileforameal campaign. For every phone recycled through Mobile Muster, they will donate a meal to someone in need. Old phones dialled up 60,000 free meals over summer!  
What about my data?  

Mobile Muster provide some great tips to make sure you don’t lose any important data. It’s as simple as:  

  • Backing up your data 
  • Logging out  
  • Performing a reset
  • Removing your SIM and memory card 

Any remaining data is securely destroyed during the recycling process.   
What are you waiting for? 

Clean out the bottom draw and bring down your old mobile phones to City of Port Phillip Reception. You’ll be helping out the planet, and helping out someone in need.  

Got other e-waste you’d like to recycle? Head to the Port Phillip Resource Recovery Centre in South Melbourne, or organise pick up here

A Sustainability Program Just For You

We're excited to be launching 3 programs that will help you to live and operate sustainably in Port Phillip. Whether you're a business, a community service or an environmentally minded individual, in Port Phillip, we have a sustainability program just for you. 

Our Enviro Champs Program will support individuals or small groups to develop and deliver their own sustainability projects. Whether it's a community compost service, a sustainability podcast, a food waste alternative, or whatever your imagination conjures up. If you've got ideas and want expert training and funding to deliver them, we want to hear from you. Application details coming very soon. 

Our Smart Solutions for Community Services Program will give back to the community services in Port Phillip that give so much to all of us. We'll provide you with support, training and expert knowledge to make you a sustainability leader and reduce your operating costs. 

Our Smart Solutions for Businesses Program will help you to increase efficiency and lower operational costs, explore sustainability innovation and be a leader in the business community and access grants and support from the Victorian Government and the City of Port Phillip?

Which one is right for you? Contact to register your interest. 

Smart Solutions for Community Services Program

Our new program, Smart Solutions for Community Services, is designed for non-government, not-for-profit community services in Port Phillip.

You give so much to our community – now we want to give something back to you.

Our team will provide you with the support, training and expert knowledge you need to lower operational costs and become a sustainability leader.

Together, we’ll develop an Action Plan to reduce your energy, water and waste impacts, while empowering your staff to embrace a culture of sustainability.

We’ve been running a similar program with 20 childcare and kindergarten services, with outstanding results

With so much potential for progress, how can we support you?

Limited places. Register by 1 September 2018.


T: Phone 9209 6161



We Want Your Business

Are you a business in Port Phillip looking to:

•    increase efficiency and lower operational costs?

•    explore sustainability innovation and be a leader in the business community?

•    access grants and support from the Victorian Government and the City of Port Phillip?

The City of Port Phillip is launching a Smart Solutions for Businesses Program to support local businesses to minimise energy use, water consumption and waste, resulting in reduced operating costs and environmental impact.

Approximately 65 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in Port Phillip comes from non-residential sources, that’s why we want to work together with local businesses to reduce this big number.

We will work closely with 10 local businesses, supporting them to operate more sustainably. We will provide a sustainability audits of the business that will result in a report with recommendations to implement changes.

Once the audit is ready we will sit down with each business and discuss the different options to implement the changes and guide them through the funding process to finance the necessary changes. 

Get in touch at  or 03 9209 6775 to find out how we can help your business!

Compost Revolution Evaluation

The numbers are in and they make for very pleasant reading for Port Phillip. We are delighted to announce we have concluded a successful Compost Revolution Program. 

We supported over 500 residents to purchase a subsidised composting product including worm farms, compost bins and bokashi bins, exceeding our target of 500, and resulting in:

  • 25,134 kg of food waste diverted from landfill to date.
  • 40,900 kg of greenhouse gas emissions avoided to date.

The Program was delivered through the Sustainable City Community Action Plan, which aims to support our community to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste.

Although the formal program has finished City of Port Phillip residents can still access products from the Compost Revolution website with a 40 per cent discount. During 2018/19 the SCCAP will focus on waste reduction education efforts on apartment buildings and businesses.  

The draft Don’t Waste it! strategy will also guide other future organic waste initiatives for the next four years. 

To find out more about how to compost click here and where to compost click here

Solar Bulk Buy Evaluation

The numbers are in and they make for very pleasant reading for Port Phillip. We are delighted to announce we have concluded a successful Solar Bulk Buy Program. 

We supported 106 residents to install rooftop solar panels to their homes, surpassing our target of 100, and resulting in:

· 374 KW of solar panels installed

· Approximately 490,000 kWh of renewable energy generated annually

· 5.30 tonnes of carbon saved annually (Approximately 10,380 tonnes saved over the life              of the panels)

The Program was delivered through the Sustainable City Community Action Plan, which aims to support our community to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste.

The City of Port Phillip has a very low rate of roof top solar installations compared to the rest of Australia, this program reduced the up-front cost of installation and provided trusted advice and support to participants.

Planning is currently underway to deliver a 2018/19 Solar Bulk Buy Program focusing on owner’s corporations and businesses.

Read here what one very happy customer had to say about her experience with the program. 

To find out more about solar at home click here

It's All Smiles With Solar

When Jill shares her excitement at having solar installed at home through Port Phillip’s Solar Bulk Buy Program, her friends tend to glaze over. “They think climate change is nonsense, they’re in denial”.

Jill, who has just turned 80, is a self-confessed ‘greenie’. She’s been composting and eating organic since the 70’s, before it was cool to compost and eat organic. I was intrigued why it had taken her so long to go solar.

Like many home owners, it had crossed her mind but she dismissed it as too complicated and expensive. The reality couldn’t have been more different, it took 3 months in total for applications and installation and she felt supported by Council and the installation company throughout.

“I met Brett Hedger, Greenhouse Programs Officer at Port Phillip, who recommended the solar bulk buy program and that started the ball rolling”.

Jill was also pleasantly surprised to find that the total cost of installing a 2kW system with 6 panels was under $4k. There’s no questioning the authenticity of her smile as she shows off her electricity bills, coming in at a measly $20 per quarter.

Living in a picture postcard Victorian terrace in South Melbourne, Jill had been concerned that heritage overlay would scupper her solar plans but that wasn’t the case. She was advised on the best position to place the panels, to maximise the sun’s power whilst complying with heritage overlay requirements.

Council’s Solar Bulk Buy Program supported 106 residents to install rooftop solar panels to their homes, resulting in:

•             374 KW of solar panels installed

•             $910,990 of investment by residents to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions

•             10,380 tonnes of CO2-e saved.  

The Program was delivered through the Sustainable City Community Action Plan, which aims to support our community to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste.

The City of Port Phillip has a very low rate of roof top solar installations compared to the rest of Australia, this program reduced the up-front cost of installation and provided trusted advice and support to participants.

To find out more about solar at home click here. Planning is currently underway to deliver a 2018/19 Solar Bulk Buy Program focusing on owner’s corporations and businesses.

Workshop Wins

During April and May we delivered a series of nine workshops targeting apartment dwellers within Port Phillip.

They were part of our Behaviour Change Campaign outlined in our Sustainable City Community Action Plan. The Plan aims to support community to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste.

Having been told by community that apartments dwellers, which make up 52% of Port Phillip residents, feel restricted from living a sustainable lifestyle, these workshops aimed to highlight that that doesn't have to be the case. 

A big thanks to the 448 people who registered for the workshops. We were delighted to learn that 81% of attendees suggested they would change their behaviour following the session. It was great to meet so many of you and it confirmed what we already knew - that we have a community that cares.

The workshop series covered topics including energy efficiency, zero waste living, vegan cooking, creating beeswax wrap, waste free meal planning and a speed date a sustainability expert event. Sustainability experts and bloggers were engaged to deliver the workshops at South Melbourne Market, Gasworks, Port Melbourne Town Hall and Council Chamber.

Congrats to our competition winners too, who took home South Melbourne Market vouchers and energy efficient socket switches.

If anyone has changed their behaviour as a result of attending one of the workshops and would like to share their story please do get in touch here


What I know about sustainability - Verity McLucas

Today we're sitting down with Seedlings Program Manager, Verity, to ask about her work, her passions and her insights. I have the pleasure of being in the same team as Verity and her passion for working with children and educators is inspiring.   

What is the Seedlings Program?

It’s a holistic sustainability approach, which is guided by principles of 'Education for Sustainability'. The aim is to embed sustainability principles and actions into the curriculum and operations of Early Childhood Education and Care Services to the point that they become 'business as usual'. Seedlings runs in the partner municipalities of Port Phillip, Melbourne, Knox, Yarra Ranges and Alpine Shires - and we have plans for great expansion!

What’s your role?

I manage the Seedlings program's design, delivery, evaluation and budget. I love this role because I absolutely love children and all the positive thought and energy they have to offer the world. I believe their education is one of the most crucial elements in creating resilient and creative communities that understand the systems we all rely on. It is this understanding that will achieve prosperity, health and peace in our changing natural, social and economic environments.

I am also passionate about working with educators - in my opinion, they have the most important job in the world. Through Seedlings, they receive free professional development throughout the year, plus book and online resources. All their training is designed to be predominantly hands-on so they can take the learnings directly back to their service and work to embed the knowledge and practice. I spend a big chunk of my time out at Seedlings services working with educators to develop goals and actions to enrich their curriculum and decrease their service's impact on the environment. 

What sort of things would I see at an outstanding Seedlings service? 

It's very apparent when you walk into a service that is really invested in Seedlings. You'll see sustainability principles and actions are embedded in daily practices, activities, routines and conversations. Sustainability practices will have the full support and commitment from the director of the service. The majority of educators will have an understanding of 'Education for Sustainability' and the positive impact it has on children's education and the wider community.

All staff will know the key sustainability goals the service is striving toward and the actions required to reach them. Staff will take responsibility for their building, understand the impact of its operations on the environment (and the bottom line) and genuinely want to reduce this impact. Finally educators are supported to attend Seedlings professional development workshops and integrate what they learn in to their education program.

Why is it so important that Early Childhood Education and Care Services adopt a sustainable approach to their work? 

The quality of a child's earliest environments and experiences at different stages of development are critical in determining the brain's architecture. Embedding sustainability not only enriches a service’s pedagogy, but it helps to develop in young children an understanding about how their world works, how it supports them, and strategies and skills to create and advocate for a sustainable future.

A natural transference of these learnings and attitudes to the families connected to the service also takes place; and to the broader community when the service's activities reach beyond its front doors. Some Seedlings services have embedded excursions/outdoor learning programs which see the children visit community gardens, the beach, aged-care facilities, local shopping areas, Albert Park Lake, the Botanical Gardens, to name but a few.

Can you tell us about something you saw or heard when visiting a Seedlings service that highlighted the importance of the program?

Visiting a service I am always looking and listening out for signs that sustainability is or is becoming embedded.

I was walking through a service just this week and noticed children finishing their morning tea then going over and emptying the remaining water in their cups on to the garden. They then told me about the food they were growing in their garden and how they love to pick and eat it and make lunch with it. Then, they said, if there are any food scraps left over, they collect it, chop it up, and feed their worms with it. They then told me how the worms make ‘wizz’ that they collect and put back in to the garden to help grow more food. This information came direct from the children with no interjection from the educators.

At another service, even the cook is intensely involved in the education program. Every day, she involves the children in the preparation and cooking of the food. The children pick food from the garden, which she then incorporates in to the meals with the children watching her. She asks them to look in the fridge and they discuss ways they can use food that is starting to wilt, soften or over-ripen - rather than throwing it out.

Another Seedlings services has set a goal to become Port Phillip's first carbon neutral service by 2018. All the children and staff are on board with this goal and sustainability is a part of every educators practice, every day. For them, sustainability is not 'extra work', it is simply a part of their everyday operation and a central component of their overall wellbeing goals.

These are just three examples of the many small, yet vital initiatives that our Seedlings services are doing to lead enriched education for children.

Where would you like to see the program in 2 years time?

I would love to see all 43 ECECS in Port Phillip participating in the program. We are about half way there! I have also been working behind the scenes with our partner councils to 'lift and shift' the program into the public realm and make it freely accessible. At present, to access the Seedlings program, a council needs to invest in it and deliver it to their community. We are working to change that so the program is freely available for any ECECS to utilise. Port Phillip Council will be delivering the Seedlings program into the future with the added view to use elements of the program to enhance the sustainability of other community services.

Why should unregistered services participate in the program?

The Seedlings program makes so much sense. Embedding sustainability links strongly to the Quality areas of the National Quality Standards, so it's an efficient way to enhance a service's Education and Care delivery. Embedding sustainability also makes economic sense. A significant part of the program is developing an understanding of how your building works, taking responsibility for your building's impact on the environment, and setting goals to reduce consumption of water, electricity and gas and output of waste. Some of our Seedlings services have made significant, even drastic, reductions in their consumption. For example, one service, over 12 months, reduced their water use by 60%, their gas use by 60% and their electricity use by 24%.  

Say Not To Single Use

More than 40 percent of plastics generated globally are used just once. Together we can reduce single-use plastics, there are simple things you can do today to make a lasting impact. Here are 4 single use plastic problems and some simple fixes we can all employ. 

The problem - A trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year.

What you can do - Always bring a reusable bag when you shop.


The problem - Nearly a million plastic beverage bottles are sold every minute.

What you can do - Go refillable! Carry your own reusable bottle.


The problem - 500 million plastic straws are thrown away every day, and that's just in America. 

What you can do - Skip the straw, you don’t need it. Tell your server, “no straw, please” when you order a drink.


The problem - 9 million tons of plastic waste ends up in the ocean every year.

What you can do - End littering. Properly dispose of your own trash and pick up litter when you can.

Five Stars for St Kilda Primary School

St Kilda Primary School are celebrating the news that they have just been awarded a 5 Star school rating from Sustainability Victoria. They are the first school in Port Phillip to achieve the honour and only the 50th in the whole of Australia.  

They started the ResourceSmart Schools program in 2012 and it has taken a lot of commitment from the entire school community to get to this point. Two key decisions in achieving the outcome, was to embed sustainability into their curriculum and employ a dedicated Sustainability Co-ordinator, Anabel Herr. 

Anabel said, "We're all very proud of the achievement, it's been a long journey and a great team effort and we all feel very proud that we've got this far. I would like to specifically thank our Principal, Sue Higgins and Vice Principal, Jo O'Malley . To achieve a result like this you need the backing of the leadership team and that's exactly what's happened here". 

As a result of their work on the program, the school has reduced their operating costs by over $100,000, improved their environmental outcomes and created life-long learners in the process.

Learn more about their approach to sustainability here. The future is certainly bright with schools like them around!



Where to Compost in Port Phillip

One question that keeps popping up from our community is - "where can I compost my food scraps in Port Phillip? Around half of our household garbage is made up of food & garden waste. Composting keeps these materials out of landfill where they can break down into greenhouse gases. It's encouraging that so many community members are keen to do the right thing and divert from landfill. 

Here are the composting sites in Port Phillip that will accept your organic food waste. They are all sites run by volunteers so make sure you stop, think and chop. If you aren't sure of the composting code of conduct, read our Composting Made Easy fact sheet to better understand the do's and do not's.

Port Phillip Eco Centre, St Kilda

The Port Phillip EcoCentre is a place where environmental solutions are hatched and nurtured.  The EcoCentre is a not-for-profit, community-managed, environment group, providing a base for affiliate groups involved in activities that promote biodiversity, environmental sustainability and community action. They offer organic waste composting systems for the local neighbourhood.

Veg Out, St Kilda

Veg Out is an organic, chemical free community garden run by volunteers and located in St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia. They have offered organic composting systems to the local community for many years. 

 The Mary & Basil Community Garden, South Melbourne

The Garden aims to enhance the lives of city-dwelling residents by supporting and linking avid community gardeners who desire to garden organically. They offer organic waste composting systems for the local neighbourhood.

Te-Arai Community Garden, St Kilda East

Located at Te Arai Reserve, the Community Garden aims to be a bountiful, colourful, safe and shared community space. Five raised garden beds provide the neighbourhood with an opportunity to grow and share fresh produce and gardening tips. There are monthly working bees and people pitch in with the ongoing watering and maintenance. They offer organic waste composting systems for the local neighbourhood.

Simply Living Garden

Established by the Port Melbourne Uniting church for all to enjoy, the productive garden includes vegetable beds, herbs and fruit trees, flowering and native plants to attract bees and birds.They offer organic waste composting systems for the local neighbourhood.

The Port Phillip Men's Shed (PPMSA), South Melbourne

A relatively small garden plot with 3 reasonable sized compost bins. The best time for organic waste delivery is between 10am - 3pm on  Saturdays at Southport Uniting Care (SPUC) 319 Dorcas St, South Melbourne. They do not accept the following items; animal dropping, tea and coffee bags, citrus peels and onions, fish and meat scraps, dairy products, glossy paper,sticky labels on fruits, sawdust from treated, painted or varnished wood, particle board, large branches, synthetic fertilizers, diseased plants, ivy, plane tree leaves and similar.


ShareWaste is a third person, non-council connection service, putting those who are able to share their compost site with those who want somewhere to compost. Anyone who wishes to recycle their kitchen scraps with their neighbours who are already composting, worm-farming or keep chickens can use the service. Search to see if there are any compost sites near your home.

If you know of any other community composting sites please do let us know at 

Top 5 items contaminating our recycling

Contamination of the recycling stream can be a big problem. Placing significant non-recyclable can contaminate the recycling process and end up costing more money to sort.

We all have a responsibility to make our recycling cleaner. So let’s ensure we reduce contamination from items that are not able to be recycled.

Here are the top 5 waste items that contaminate recycling bins. 

  1. Soft plastics including shopping bags, cling wrap and soft plastic packaging and wrappers. Gather these separately and find out where to recycle these in your community, such as at your local supermarket.
  2. Clothing cannot be processed at recycling centres, so donate wearable clothing to a local charity instead, or reuse as rags around the home.
  3. Keep items out of plastic bags. This one is easy: just bin it – don’t bag it! All recycling items should be loose in the bin. If they are in a plastic bag, the whole lot has to be ditched.
  4. Leave green waste out of the recycling bin. If you have a green bin, put all your grass clippings, prunings and garden waste in there.
  5. Electronic-waste – this includes any electrical items, phones, cables, batteries and computers. E-waste recycling is free at City of Port Phillip, watch the video below to find out how

Other offending items include nappies, ceramic cups and food scraps. 

Free E-Waste Recycling for City of Port Phillip

You can now dispose of your electronic waste (e-waste) for free by taking it to the Resource Recovery Centre or by booking a hard rubbish collection.

Electronic waste is separated from general waste as it often contains hazardous materials that must be treated. The valuable materials in some e-waste can also be recycled.

Changes to state laws mean e-waste cannot become landfill or put in kerbside general waste or recycling bins.

Have your say

Visit Have Your Say and tell us how you recycle your e-waste. The survey closes on the 9th May 2018. 

Items that can be recycled

Entertainment and IT equipment

  • computer monitors and hard drives
  • laptops
  • tablets and iPads
  • televisions: flat screen and CRT
  • remote controls
  • printers
  • DVD players and VCRs
  • stereos and speakers
  • mobile phones
  • gaming equipment
  • electronic toys

Kitchen and bathroom appliances

  • microwaves
  • kettles
  • toasters
  • coffee machine
  • rice cookers
  • blender and mixers
  • sandwich press
  • hairdryer
  • hair straightener

Other electronic household appliances

  • electric fans
  • lamps
  • electric tools
  • oil heaters
  • batteries
  • light bulbs: LED, fluorescent and halogen

Resource Recovery Centre

The Resource Recovery Centre, located on the corner of White and Boundary streets in South Melbourne, is open:

  • Monday to Friday from 7.30 am to 3.30 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm

Why Buy a Car When You Can Share?

Car sharing has taken the world by storm and is operating in over 600 cities, including the City of Port Phillip.

Car share works by giving members access to cars for use either by the hour or by the day. There are designated parking spaces for these cars so members can avoid parking hassles when they're finished with the car.

The usage fee covers all expenses, including petrol, insurance, registration and maintenance. People who drive less that 5,000 km per year will likely find car share saves them money.

Car share also reduces the amount of cars in our city, relieving pressure on parking and reducing congestion.

"Being a car share member means I don't need to own my own car, leaving one more space on the street for people who really need it" Craig, Elwood resident.

The City of Port Phillip is now home to over 100 car share vehicles provided by:

Some Port Phillip residents make their vehicles available for sharing, through neighbour-to-neighbour car sharing platform Car Next Door.

Find out more about car share in the City of Port Phillip here and explore our Car Share Policy.

South Melbourne Market Are Waste Winners


In a major win for the environment, City of Port Phillip's, South Melbourne Market is recycling its organic waste and turning it into nutrient-rich garden fertilisers. With the help of 1 billion wriggly worms and a shiny dehydrating machine, the market recycles its organic waste and turns it into nutrient-rich garden fertilisers.

The GaiaRecycle Unit converts all offal, food and preparation waste, expired food products, ground coffee and plate scraps into fertiliser. It converts approximately 360 tonnes of product annually, every 2 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill has the same GHG reduction effect as taking a car off the road for a year (360 tonnes = 180 cars off the road).

The hard work and innovation has paid off, with the Market scooping a number of prestigious awards for its Organic Waste Management Program, including, the Award for Sustainability through The Local Government Professionals and The Environmental Sustainability Award through IPAA Victoria. 

The Program offers a number of environmental benefits

  • Reduction of organic waste in landfill saving landfill space for other purposes and eliminating the anaerobic rotting of the waste which generates methane and leachate.
  • Elimination of carbon emissions that result from transporting the waste to landfill.
  • What was previously discarded as waste now has an environmental (soil) value.
  • The economic payback from the process arises from the long-term reduction or elimination of fees for hiring skips or bins and paying landfill tipping fees.
  • Completing the circle on food waste from South Melbourne Market – with nothing to landfill, benefits back to community and the earth.
  • South Melbourne Market and its owner the City of Port Phillip as leaders in waste diversion, sustainability and innovation.
  • Being part of a meaningful change and providing a Market for future generations.

Watch this short video to discover how they turn their waste into something of value.