Implement sustainable waste management practices and advocate for renewable energy initiatives
What you told us
You would like more work to be done implementing and advocating for sustainability initiatives, including engaging with local businesses on how to reduce their carbon footprint, local composting hubs and a shift towards renewable energy sources.
“More awareness and education around what can and can't be recycled needs to be addressed in South Yarra.”
“Initiatives to support businesses to go green, like bio-digesters for leftover food disposal.”
“Implement better recycling and waste management such as green waste and public composting".
What we’re doing
We declared a climate and biodiversity emergency in 2019 and are taking bold action on climate change. We’ve committed to zero-net emissions by 2040 in addition to a range of other actions and priorities.
To find out more, visit: How to act now on climate change.
Our urban water in the city initiative aims to help us better understand sustainable water management and provides resources and ideas to make a difference at home or work.
Our Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy outlines ways to help become a zero-waste city. We provide a wide range of services including street bins, garbage compactors and residential and commercial bin collections and recycling.
We are leading the reduction of food waste and diversion of waste from landfill, through our food and organics (FOGO) collection service for single-unit and multi-unit dwellings up to five storeys. We will also be trialling textile bins and a food organics pilot in high-rise buildings.
In 2017, the City of Melbourne became the first capital city council in Australia to be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy through the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project.
By continuing our innovation in renewable energy, Power Melbourne will play a lead role in reaching our ambition to become a whole city powered by 100 per cent renewables by 2030.
We also support the idea of a circular economy and through leadership and community neighbourhood projects, including social enterprise grants, are reviewing a container deposit scheme, alternative waste technologies and developing circular economy guidelines.