Living sustainably can be easier than you think!

Live Sustainably

There are both big and small changes you can make to your everyday life which can have a huge impact on your environmental footprint

Climate Action

Across the globe there's an urgent need to reduce carbon emissions to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. We all have a part to play to achieve deep cuts to emissions. It requires a shared effort between residents, businesses, councils and other levels of government. 

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Managing food waste

Household food scraps, coffee grounds and leftovers can now be included in green lid bins throughout Moonee Valley, reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.

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Saving water

Melbournians collectively consume an average of 980 million litres of water per day. Making changes around the house can have a big impact on water supplies.

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Saving energy and solar

Solar is a great way to save energy and money.

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Reducing plastic at home

Single-use plastic is hurting our environment and wildlife.

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Sustainable travel

We encourage local residents and businesses to consider car sharing as a sustainable transport option.

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Sustainability resources

Designing a sustainable home

Did you know there is also loads you can do to make sure your development is environmentally sustainable? 

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Sustainable gardening

My Smart Garden is a free program that will help you grow food, shelter your home from the sun and wind, create homes for local wildlife, use water wisely and recycle wastes. The program is managed by three local councils in inner west Melbourne – Moonee Valley, Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong.
Visit the My Smart Garden website for upcoming events and workshops, and resources!

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My Smart Garden

The program is managed by three local councils in inner west Melbourne - Moonee Valley, Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong.

Visit the My Smart Garden website for upcoming events and workshops, and resources!

Wildlife Friendly gardening

We encourage you to plant native vegetation in preference to introduced species. Gardens with plants indigenous to Moonee Valley provide many benefits to residents and our environment:

  • Adapted to our soils and climate so will grow well without much attention
  • Used to our rainfall trends and can usually tolerate dry conditions
  • Provide habitat for native animals such as birds, mammals, lizards, insects and frogs
  • Create connection to habitat in surrounding areas
  • Low maintenance once established, only requiring a bit of pruning and weeding

Read more in our wildlife-friendly gardening guide (pdf, 5.6MB).

Moonee Valley Gardens for Wildlife Group

Gardens for Wildlife Victoria is a state-wide network of community groups and local government partnerships active in more than 25 municipalities across Victoria. Participants support each other to involve local residents, schools and businesses to join them in caring for the native plants and animals of our communities.

In Moonee Valley the aim is to establish a Gardens for Wildlife group of local volunteers. The volunteers will support residents and businesses in providing suitable habitat for encouraging & nurturing locally indigenous or native wildlife in private gardens.

It will involve a program to provide garden assessments from trained volunteers, along with further information and resources, to help locals to set an area aside in their garden for planting locally indigenous or selected Australian native plants.

Garden size is not important. Whether it is a suburban backyard, a school or community garden, a rooftop, or a balcony, everyone can help promote urban biodiversity.

By planting natives, gardens can be designed to attract birds, insects, butterflies, lizards and frogs.

You can join the Facebook group here

Or you can write to let us know if you would like to be involved via email at

Nature Strip Planting

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Reducing plastic at home

Single-use plastic is hurting our environment and wildlife. Here's what you can do to reduce plastic at home:

  • Opt for refillable containers, bulk store products or make your own alternatives

  • Take reusable bags when you go grocery shopping

  • Say no to plastic cutlery

  • Avoid as much plastic packaging as you can when grocery shopping by using produce bags to package loose products

  • If you're hosting an event, review our sustainable Events Toolkit

  • Take the challenge to reduce your plastic for a month (or more!) during Plastic free July each year.

Garden and food waste

Food scraps, coffee grounds and leftovers can now be included in green lid bins throughout Moonee Valley, reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.

They can be placed directly in the bin, or you can wrap them in one sheet of newspaper or paper towelling. The collected garden and food waste will be taken to the organics recycling facility at Bulla. The facility will transform garden and food waste into valuable compost, mulches and soil products. These products can then be used in agriculture and horticulture.

Find out what else can go in your green bin with our handy A-Z recycling guide.

Need to order a green bin? Apply for a 240L green-lid bin for your garden and food waste. 

If you’re renting and would like a green-lid bin, please contact your landlord or leasing agent to request for the ratepayer to organise a bin for you

Saving water at home

Melbournians collectively consume an average of 980 million litres of water per day.

Making changes around the house can have a big impact on water supplies.

Here is what you can do to save water around the home:

  • install a water efficient shower head
  • collect rainwater
  • look for the Smart Approved WaterMark
  • install a dual flush toilet

For more information about these tips visit Sustainability Victoria or Melbourne Water.

Free shower head exchange

You can exchange your old showerhead for a free water efficient model, valued at $34.

To exchange your showerhead, visit Niddrie Library and:

  • present your old showerhead and water bill
  • complete a survey and permission form
  • receive your new showerhead and information.

Customers can exchange one showerhead. Installation services are not provided. Instructions for installation come with the new showerhead.

Note: City West Water advises that people with gravity fed hot water systems should not change to a water efficient showerhead.

Permanent water use rules

The Victorian Government’s water saving rules are aimed at providing efficient, permanent state-wide rules.

These rules are in place at all times. Whenever water restrictions are also in place, the more severe rule or restriction applies.


Are you looking to buy a new rainwater tank? This great online tool will help you choose:

  • the right size rainwater tank for where you live
  • the best place to put your tank
  • what materials you can select
  • filtration options
  • the best pump for your tank

Visit the tankulator to get started.

Saving energy at home

Some of the top tips for reducing energy consumption:

  • switch off lights and appliances when not in use
  • switch to energy-saving LED light globes
  • line dry your clothing
  • insulate your roof
  • consider solar PV or hot water systems

Visit the Victorian Energy Saver website for more information.

Take a look at your electricity bills ans see how many kWh per day you are using. Compare this with the below figures.

Number of people living in your house daily electricity use range (Low range > High range)

  • 1 person  - 4kWh > 9kWh
  • 2 people  - 7kWh > 17kWh
  • 3 people - 10kWh > 23kWh
  • 4 people - 13kWh > 29kWh
  • 5 people - 15kWh > 33kWh
  • 6 people - 17kWh > 36kWh

Are you a high user of electricity? Check out our Household Electricity Consumption Fact Sheet to find out simple ways to save electricity at home.

Your home's energy rating

The Victorian Government’s 6 Star rating will help save our energy and water resources.

The design of your new home, renovation, extension or relocation will need to take account of the new energy efficiency standards.

6 Star is about good design. Some simple adjustments at the design stage can go a long way; consider the following:

  • Building orientation and internal zoning
  • Thermal mass and shading
  • Insulation levels
  • The sizing, location and thermal performance of windows
  • Weather stripping, sealing the building envelope
  • Solar hot water system
  • Rainwater tank for toilet flushing
  • Energy efficient lighting

For most houses, meeting the 6 Star Standard is not difficult. It is a flexible, performance based standard and allows homeowners, builders and designers enormous choice in meeting the requirements. Good design, especially at the planning stages of the project, is important. Your building designer or architect will be able to advise you on how best to achieve the rating. The design and assessment of the rating must be undertaken by an accredited Energy Rater.

Watch Council’s Summer Home Efficiency webinar hosted by the Sapien Group.

Thinking about solar?

Installing solar has never been easier. For information regarding the installation of solar panels in a Heritage Overlay area, please visit the solar panels and heritage requirements page.

Now is the perfect time to save money with solar. The Clean Energy Council offer advice for consumers including an accredited solar supplier list.

The Victorian Government is currently supporting residents reduce their energy bills through the Solar Homes package.

Watch Council’s solar and batteries webinar hosted by Renew HERE.

Home environment kit

Find out how your home is performing with our Home Environment Kit.

The Home Environment Kit contains the following equipment to help you find ways of saving energy and water around your home.:

  1. Energy smart thermometer - measures hot water temperature, room temperature, and fridge and freezer temperatures. You may have things hotter or colder than they need to be.
  2. Infra-red thermometer - measures surface temperatures such as walls and windows. You may be losing or gaining heat which can be fixed with insulation or shade.
  3. Energy monitor - measures energy consumption of your appliances to see which ones need to be used sparingly, and where standby power is being drawn needlessly.
  4. Light meter - to help apply the ideal light conditions in your home and using energy wisely.
  5. Water flow measure cup - to assess how much water your shower and taps use and to see whether you should reduce the flow rates.

To see how to use this kit, view this instruction video guide.

To book the kit, call your local library or place a request via the library catalogue.

Wanting to get around sustainably?

We encourage local residents and businesses to consider car sharing as a sustainable transport option.

Interested in buying an electric vehicle? Watch Council’s recent EV webinar HERE.

Flexicar provides four share cars in Moonee Valley.

Sign up for the program on the Flexicar website or call 1300 36 37 80.

Car Next Door operates a neighbour-to-neighbour car sharing network.

Sign up to the program as either an owner willing to share your car or as a borrower on the Car Next Door website or call (03) 9946 4106.

GoGet provides eight share cars in Moonee Valley

Signing up to the program on the GoGet website.

GreenShareCar provides one share car in Moonee Valley

Sign up for the program on the the GreenShareCar website or call 1300 575 878.

Our program of free workshops and events will help you live green all year long.

Check them out here on our events page or view past webinars here.

Latest environment news

Banner hanging on pedestrian bridge across Moonee Ponds Creek concrete channel. Banner shows naturalisation works that are kicking off.

Works begin on Reimagining Moonee Ponds Creek Project

Works are underway to naturalise 500 metres of concrete channel along a section of Moonee Ponds Creek in Melbourne’s northwest, through the suburbs of Strathmore and Oak Park.

Community Emissions Reduction Forum

Register now: Community Emissions Reduction Forum – Tuesday 31 May 2022

Help us reduce community carbon emissions in Moonee Valley. Register now for the Community Emissions Reduction Online Forum – Tuesday 31 May

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Better flood planning

We know climate change is making flooding more common, more severe and more damaging. The devastating scenes across Queensland and New South Wales at the moment cement our need for flood preparedness. We’re in the process of studying local flooding in Moonee Valley, and determining how we can best manage the impacts. Our drainage infrastructure…