Libraries Powered up to Recycle E-Waste

E-waste is the fastest growing category of waste worldwide. One in five Australians have a stash of unwanted e-waste items like phones, laptops and batteries in their house or office. From 1 July 2019, e-waste will no longer be accepted in landfill sites across Victoria, it must be recycled. E-waste contains valuable resources that can be reused as well as some nasty materials that are bad for the environment.

This week libraries in St Kilda, Port Melbourne and Albert Park have installed e-waste recycling bins. Any small electronic item with a cord or a battery can now be recycled for free at participating libraries as well as the Resource Recovery Centre.

Find out more about e-waste here and how it relates to Port Phillip here.

St Kilda Festival Says Hello to FOGO

St Kilda Festival is Australia’s largest community festival; a celebration of community spirit, live local music and the beautiful St Kilda foreshore. Always blessed with incredible musical talent, thousands of smiling faces and a plethora of tasty treats, this year there’ll be one big difference. Organic waste will not go to landfill.

As well as recycling and general waste bins, this year attendees will also be able to dispose of any organic waste correctly. With the festival attracting over 460,000 attendees this is a hugely positive environmental outcome and a giant step in the right direction.

Get excited about this year’s festival here and discover how to party like a sustainability rock star here.

10 Sustainable Ways to Declutter Like Kondo

Australia is collectively being decluttered thanks to a certain Marie Kondo and her Netflix documentary, Tidying Up. Throw in the spike in consumption over the holiday season and some minimalist new year’s resolutions and there is a risk of vast numbers of items ending up as landfill rather than rehomed, fixed, upcycled or recycled.

Here’s 10 ways to declutter sustainably (Kondo would approve);

  1. Consider selling unloved items on sites like eBay, Gumtree or Facebook.

  2. Contact your local charity group to see if they are willing to pick up your unwanted furniture.

  3. Gift your once-loved items to a friend or family member.

  4. Take your old TVs and computers to drop off points where they are recycled as part of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.

  5. Drop your mobile phones and tablets off for recycling at MobileMuster collection points , including Port Phillip town halls.

  6. Offer your good quality clothes to charities or consider having a clothes swap with friend.

  7. Contact Port Phillip Council to find out how your items can be recycled locally.

  8. E-waste can now be recycled at Port Melbourne, Albert Park and St Kilda libraries.

  9. Rather than throw out a broken item, consider taking it along to the St Kilda Repair Cafe and give it a new lease of life instead.

  10. Don’t fall into the trap of replacing decluttered items with new items, make a promise to yourself to consume less.

Now go get your declutter on!

Port Phillip Just Got Greener

Making the move to 100 per cent renewable energy is the ultimate New Year’s resolution! Every light on our streets, every barbecue in our parks and every light in our buildings is now powered by renewable energy.

City of Port Phillip is part of an innovative wind power project that will reduce its total emissions by 87 per cent. Since 1 January 2019 everything from street lights to Council buildings has been powered by renewable electricity.

The Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) is an Australian first involving 14 organisations purchasing 88 GWh of electricity each year – that’s enough to power more than 17,000 households in Melbourne annually. The electricity is sourced from a new purpose built 80MW wind farm at Crowlands, a small agricultural community north of Ararat.

Find out more about MREP here

5 Ways to Take the Heat Off Local Flora and Fauna

We're not the only ones that wilt in the Melbourne sun, here's 5 easy ways to take the heat off our local flora and fauna;

1 - Furry and feathered friends will thank you for a shallow dish of water, as high as possible and in the shade.

2. Show your nearest street tree appreciation for all the shade it provides with an occasional bucket of water.

3. Water garden beds and veggie patches in the cool of morning and insulate with a layer of mulch.

4. Pamper your pets with access to shade, ice cubes in water bowels and wet blankets to lie on

5. Keep your worms wriggling with worm farms in the shade or in garages, frozen water bottles buried deep and a wet blanket on the outside.

They'll thank you with birdsong, shade, produce, kisses and fertiliser

The Do's and Do Not's of Recycling

Minimisation of waste is amongst the biggest challenges we face as a Council. Businesses and residents can play a big part in that by recycling right. We’ve put together a simple checklist of the do’s and do not’s of recycling.

5 DO RECYCLE - The easy wins

  1. Paper and cardboard

  2. Cartons

  3. Metal Cans

  4. Glass jars and bottles

  5. Plastic Containers

5 DO NOT RECYCLE - The main contaminants

  1. Soft plastics

  2. Clothing

  3. Green Waste.

  4. Electronic-waste

  5. And never bag your recyclables, keep it loose.

And remember recycling is a last resort, look to reduce and reuse first. Find out more about recycling in City of Port Phillip here.

Love Our Bay

In case you’ve been living under a stone last month Harry and Meaghan, otherwise known as Duke and Duchess, mucked in with Port Phillip EcoCentre student leaders and Beach Patrol to clean a South Melbourne beach. And with very good reason.

Research by the Port Phillip EcoCentre has found that 828 million pieces of litter flow into the Port Phillip Bay every year, with 74% of these items being microplastics. Polystyrene, plastic straws, nurdles (pre-production microplastic pellets, around the size of a grain of rice), soft plastic, and hard plastic remnants of larger items are the most commonly found types of litter in the Bay.

Port Phillip Bay’s biodiversity is far greater than most locals or visitors would imagine with 80 per cent of the aquatic life found in the Port Phillip Bay found nowhere else in the world! Healthy biodiversity has been shown to help reduce the impacts of climate change.

While Harry and Meghan were in and out in the flash of a paparazzi camera, we are left to acknowledge that it is all of our responsibilities to take care of the Port Phillip Bay, and a beach litter clean-up is an excellent start.

If you want to find out how you can help to keep our Bay clean contact Port Phillip EcoCentre, Beach Patrol or Earthcare St Kilda #LoveOurBay.

Become a Citizen Scientist

We’ve teamed up with RMIT and the University of New South Wales to measure microclimate in City of Port Phillip and we need your help. We’re looking for 100 enthusiastic volunteers to give two hours of your time between 22 - 24 February 2019.

With the number of extreme hot days predicted to increase significantly over the next few decades in all Australian cities, the results from this study will provide data required for citizens to understand, mitigate and adapt to extreme heat.

Through participating you will be well-informed to respond to extreme heat through an understanding of design features, greenery and materials affecting the local urban microclimate.

It’s also an excellent opportunity for children as young as 12 to participate in an impactful science project.

To register your interest in participating in this groundbreaking environmental project and for further information, click here.

Art is Power - LAGI Melbourne 2018

From 19 -28 October the City of Port Phillip and partners presented an exhibition combining design and sustainability from a shipping container in the centre of the Acland Street Plaza, St Kilda.

286 people voted on site for their favourite Land Art Generator Initiative 2018 Melbourne shortlisted project. Many more stopped past to look and engage in discussions.

The winner of the public vote are as follows;

First place:

Light Up, 1st Place Winner to LAGI 2018 Melbourne

TEAM: Martin Heide, Dean Boothroyd, Emily Von Moger, David Allouf, Takasumi Inoue, Liam Oxlade, Michael Strack, Richard Le (NH Architecture);

Mike Rainbow, Jan Talacko (Ark Resources); John Bahoric (John Bahoric Design); Bryan Chung, Chea Yuen Yeow Chong, Anna Lee, Amelie Noren (RMIT Architecture Students)

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Second place:

St Kilda Halo, a submission to LAGI 2018 for Melbourne

TEAM: Pete Spence, Hiroe Fujimoto, Sacha Hickinbotham, Michael Richards, Alison Potter, Jason Embley (Grimshaw Architects)

TEAM LOCATION: Melbourne, Australia

Third place:

Ngargee, a submission to LAGI 2018 Melbourne

TEAM: Soren Luckins, Ashleigh Adams, George Thompson, Kate Luckins, Alan Pears, Erin Pears, Peter Bennetts, Jasmine Sarin, Elder Arweet Carolyn Briggs, Rae Fairbairn, Dave Stelma

TEAM LOCATION: Melbourne, Australia

It was great to have many interesting conversations with the community and visitors about the place of renewable energy technology in public art and spaces and about how the future will need artists, architects and engineers to effectively work together for quality outcomes.

Over 60 adults and children participated in workshops and activities for the duration of the exhibition, sessions included:

  • Cyanotype printing

  • Children’s storytime

  • Sensory garden

  • Bonsoy wallet

  • Plant swap meet

Project teams from Grimshaw Architecture, NH Architecture & ASPECT Studios hosted interactive displays during the program also.

How to Green Your Halloween

Here are five ways to treat the environment this Halloween - save the tricks for the kids.

1. Petrifying pumpkins

You can’t have Halloween without a spooky jack o lantern. Try and get your hands on a pumpkin that is locally grown and organic. Compost your leftover pumpkin, plant or roast the seeds and use the insides to cook with. Alternatively break from tradition and carve up an in-season watermelon, the ghoulish green lends itself.

2. Creepy costumes

It’s scary the amount of new costumes that are purchased each year - most are made from unsustainable materials, overseas and are served up in plastic packaging. Reuse what you already have; an old bedsheet ghost still gets a scream. A visit to your local op shop is sure to provide the perfect finishing touches. Get your freaky on.

3. Scary styling

Put the horror in your home with some truly horrific decorations. Lave the non-recyclable plastics on the shelf and get craft in a very creepy way.  Pumpkins and corns have a chilling charm. Old stockings can be spun into spider webs, pipe cleaners for scuttling spider legs, toilet rolls for flapping bats and cardboard boxes for terrifying tombs. A liberal splatter of cornflour blood hand prints is the perfect finishing touch. Get inspired.

4. Terrifying treats

Ditch the plastic wrapped lollies in favour of bloodcurdling baked goods. Anyone for a skull cookie or perhaps an eyeball jelly? If you can’t resist some chilling chocolate look out for fairtrade and organic stamps.

5. Horrifying Halloween Parties

If you choose to throw a petrifying party this Halloween make sure you avoid single-use plastic plates, cups, and cutlery and use regular crockery and cutlery instead. Feel free to serve up your most terrifying trick to anyone who breaks the rules.

Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) Scoops Award

City of Port Phillip took home the Premier’s Sustainability Award in the Government category for our work to make the ambitious Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) a reality.

MREP is a local government-led collaboration between public and private sectors to deliver electricity cost certainty while driving investment in renewable energy projects. The project demonstrates local government innovation and leadership in de-carbonising the electricity supply, which will play a critical role in attaining the Council’s ambitious climate goals for our organisation and the community we serve.

As part of MREP, Council will be supplied with 100 per cent green power for the next decade, reducing Council’s gross emissions by 87% and making it possible to attain and sustain our goal of zero net emissions by 2020/21 and beyond.

Council’s participation in the project involved active contributions staff from across council, including finance, assets, procurement, governance and sustainability over the last three years.

MREP enabled the construction of a new 80MW wind farm at Crowlands, a small agricultural community north of Ararat. The MREP partners have signed long-term contracts to purchase 88GWh of electricity each year, which will avoid 96,800 tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution every year. The project will also create 140 jobs during the wind farm construction, eight ongoing jobs, and new opportunities for local businesses in regional Victoria.

Photos courtesy of Pacific Hydro Australia

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.

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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 25th September, spaces are limited. Email enviro@portphillip.vic.gov.au 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 enviro@portphillip.vic.gov.au 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.

E: verity.mclucas@portphillip.vic.gov.au

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 enviro@portphillip.vic.gov.au  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