Sustainable business

As Council’s Environment Strategy (2008-2020) states: “Every sector in society will need to modify its behaviour to reduce its environmental footprint and increase its resourcefulness in order to move towards environmental sustainability.  And we will need to adapt together.”

Council is committed to helping ensure that the local business community is engaged and empowered about becoming environmentally sustainable. Yarra Council has developed the Yarra Energy Foundation as one of Council’s major priorities, with a total of $900,000 allocated to its establishment across the three most recent Council budgets.

Cardboard drop-off points

Recycling is easier for local businesses now that Council has established four cardboard drop-off points in Yarra.

Cardboard boxes can be left for recycling at the following locations:

  • Council's recycling drop-off point, corner of Roseneath and Gray streets, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

  • Gleadell street car park (opposite the Richmond Recreation Centre), available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

  • Fitzroy depot, 111 Queens Parade, North Fitzroy, between 8am-3pm, Monday to Friday

  • Burnley street depot, 440 Burnley Street, Burnley (next to MFB buildin), between 8am-3pm, Monday to Friday.

For more information, please contact Enzo Valente, Services Contracts Coordinator, on 9205 5475 or at

Businesses that recover and recycle building materials

Businesses are not eligible to receive Council's hard waste collection service, and there are limitations on the amount of building materials that residents can dispose of through the service.

For businesses and residents looking to dispose of large volumes of building materials, Council has prepared a list of businesses that recover and recycle building materials.

Grow me the Money

Most of us want to be more sustainable, but it can be hard to know where to start, especially when you’re busy trying to run a business. Grow Me The Money is an online program designed to help businesses save money and help the environment. Adopting sustainable business practices doesn’t just mean a healthier planet - it also means a healthier bottom line.

Phone: 8662 5333.   

Yarra Sustainability Awards

The Yarra Sustainability Awards were established in 2010 and have a number of categories that recognise local businesses making innovative efforts towards environmental sustainability.

To find out more about the awards, including a list of the most recent winning and highly commended entries, click here.



The CitySwitch program works by giving businesses a structured action plan to estimate their annual greenhouse gas emissions, based on 12 months of utility bills. Those businesses are then challenged to reduce their emissions to meet and maintain a four-star, nationally-accredited NABERS Energy tenancy rating.

Some of the ways businesses can cut their emissions include encouraging staff to adopt energy saving habits and installing energy efficient equipment.

By signing up to City Switch, businesses not only promote their environmental leadership but also save money on bills and help to reduce greenhouse emissions. CitySwitch is a national energy management program run in partnership between councils, state government agencies such as Sustainability Victoria. To date, 289 tenancies covering almost 1.5 million square metres of Australian office space have signed up to CitySwitch.

For further information, please contact Alesha Younghusband, CitySwitch Project Officer, Yarra Energy Foundation, on 0408 329 207 or at

Click here to find out more about the program.

Business sustainability

Adopting sustainable business practices doesn’t just mean a healthier planet, it also means a healthier bottom line.

From the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI):

Measuring Sustainability Performance

Find out more about developing an effective sustainability policy for your company and actions that business can take to measure their performance and celebrate their success.

From Carbon Down:

Community Finder.Net

CommunityFinder.Net lets you add, find, connect with community resources, services and groups in the area around you, including community gardens, libraries, garage sales… anything really. The network is a community built and run resource that supports more resilient, sustainable communities. You can add things too.

Further information
Kim Swinson
Coordinator – Economic Development
9205 5303 

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