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.

Waste Free Living

Erin Rhoads is the lady behind The Rogue Ginger, one of Australia's popular eco lifestyle websites. Through Erin's pursuit to live plastic-free and zero-waste, she learnt to eat real food, discovered new skills, cut down her exposure to harmful chemicals, found joy in moments over things and simplified her life, while saving money.

In May 2018, we engaged Erin to deliver a workshop to inspire attendees to consider leading a waste free life.  For anyone who couldn't make it, we didn't want you to miss out, so we filmed it just for you. 

In this inspiring video The Rogue Ginger takes us on her journey to a waste free lifestyle. She shares her motivation to change and some tips to help you to live a life of less waste. Discover how to reduce food scraps, compost, share, repair, recycle and much more. 

Feeling inspired? Discover The Rogue Ginger's top 5 tips to start your  new waste free life today.  


Brett Hedger is the Zero Impact Man. Brett has been on a multi-decade adventure living a zero-impact lifestyle. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to attempt to live sustainably in our city? Is it even possible?

The Zero Impact man shares his personal journey, his values and his tips for those who want to live the Zero Impact life. Sometimes controversial, sometimes confronting but always genuine.  We are sharing this presentation which represents the views of Brett Hedger but not necessarily the views of the City of Port Phillip. 

In this 2 part video The Zero Impact Man shares his super knowledge to help transform your life. Are you ready to be a zero-impact person?

The Zero Impact Man is all about taking action, not thinking about it or talking about it, but doing it. Here he invites you to tackle his 52 week challenge. What have you got to lose? 

If you have any zero impact questions, email or #askzeroimpactman on our Facebook page.

Energy Efficiency for Apartments

Do you live in an apartment?

Would you like to increase your energy efficiency at home whilst lowering your energy bills?

In May 2018 we engaged the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance to deliver a workshop for apartment dwellers to do just that. In addition they shared their insights on the residential efficiency scorecard and how it can drastically improve your apartments energy consumption.

Watching this workshop will set you on the path to a more comfortable and affordable apartment to call home this, and every, Winter.

Energy Efficiency E-Book - Discover how to save money, reduce your carbon emissions and increase your thermal comfort at home, with this helpful E-Book.

Waste free meal planning

Did you know that the average Victorian household throws out over $2,200 worth of food per year?

PlanBuyCook share the virtues of meal planning to help to reduce waste and cost. Jen is a chef and mother of two children who has menu planning down to an art form. Gaby is a mother of three boys under 14 who is always looking for ways to simplify her life and new recipes for her hungry family.

They believe that embracing meal planning is genuinely life changing. Planning your meals, shopping once and using your freezer well can save you more than $2000 a year in grocery bills. It is easier and less expensive to cook from scratch, and you can almost eliminate food waste.

In this informative video, filmed at South Melbourne Market, discover how waste can be avoided by better planning of meals and the right storage of food.

Waste Free Meal Planning Shopping List 

Ready to reduce food waste? Get organised with PlanBuyCook's handy shopping list. 


At City of Port Phillip we collect over 20,000 tonnes of landfill waste from households within the City each year. Food waste makes up 35 per cent of that waste. That figure can easily be reduced by composting and worm farming. 

A worm farm is a fantastic way to minimise food waste by turning your organic kitchen waste into nutrient-rich fertiliser for your plants and soils. To make your journey into the wonderful world of worm farming a little easier we've made a series of videos that teach you everything you need to know.

How to Assemble a Worm Farm

What to Feed Your Worms

How to Harvest Your Worm Farm

How to Avoid Common Problems With Worm Farms

What are you waiting for, get a wriggle on!

If you have any questions about worm farming, email us at enviro@portphillip.vic.gov.au