Sustainable business

No matter what size your business is, being sustainable can help improve your business performance and profitability.

Business recycling

We encourage Moonee Valley businesses to recycle and minimise the amount of recyclable waste going to landfill.

Business recycling bins

We provide a fortnightly recycling service for all Moonee Valley businesses for a one off cost of $86. This includes the supply and delivery of a 240 litre yellow lid recycling bin and a fortnightly collection.

If you would like further information, phone Customer Service on 9243 8888. To order a recycling bin for your business, send us the Request for Landfill or Recycling Bin form (pdf, 80KB). You can also can also return the form to us by mail or fax - information on how to do this is on the form.

For businesses already receiving the business recycling service, please send any feedback to

Transfer Station drop offs

Moonee Valley businesses can also take recyclables to the Transfer Station (188 Holmes Road, Aberfeldie) for free.

You can recycle:

  • Rigid Plastics (codes 1-7)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Steel and aluminium cans (including aerosols and clean foil)
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Milk and juice carton

Free Business Environment Kits

Have you been wondering how well your business is performing in its energy and water use?

Now you can borrow our new Business Environment Kit, which contains equipment and instructions to help you find ways of saving energy and water around your office, shop, kitchen, restaurant or café.

The kit contains :

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

The kit is also available to households and schools.

To book the kit, please call our Environment unit on 9243 8888 or place a request by emailing

Energy$mart for solar and lights

Future-proof your business from rising energy costs by going solar and upgrading your lights through Council’s Energy$mart program. The program offers:

  • free lighting and solar assessments by experienced and reputable providers
  • no obligation quotations for quality products and installation
  • a great return on investment through a solar system, with typical payback periods of between five and 10 years
  • reduced energy costs by up to 80 per cent and dramatically reduced maintenance costs through long lasting LED lights

We have appointed reputable and experienced solar and lighting practitioners to carry out solar energy installations and efficient lighting retrofits for businesses, schools and community organisations across the municipality. 

Contact our lighting and solar providers directly:

For more information call Council on 9243 8888.

Other programs

There are a number of programs and resources that can help your business to actively reduce its negative impact on the environment.


Save the environment without spending money

Believe it or not, it is possible to save the environment without spending a cent. This year, why not try some of the following handy hints:

Switch off and save

Make sure lights are turned off when not in use. Put up signs on all exit doors reminding staff to switch off lights before leaving. This is the easiest thing you can do to save money, you can email our Environment and Economic Development unit for stickers to help staff remember to flick the switch.

Don’t let your money out the door

Air conditioning is a wonderful thing on a hot summer day and customers love to walk into a nice cool store. However, if you leave your doors wide open while your air conditioner is on, you are making it work much harder and it will cost you much more money. This is especially the case with reverse cycle, split system and refrigerated systems. Close the door and place an inviting sign at the front like, "come in, it’s cool".

Only pay for the energy you use

After work each day, make sure you turn off your electrical appliances and office equipment (microwaves, televisions, computers, photocopiers). If you haven’t turned them off at the power switch then they are costing you money to run. For example, turning a computer off each night and on weekends could save you $80 per year when compared to leaving it on 24/7.

Reduce and reuse

If you print on both sides of paper, then you only need to buy half as much. Ask your customers to join email mailing lists instead of sending out hard copy newsletter. Use the back of scrap paper instead of buying notepads. Share stationary between staff. Encourage customers to bring their own bags.