City of Yarra: Business Shopping Precinct Recycling

This project was set up to increase recycling and reduce waste and litter across six shopping strips in the City of Yarra. This work builds on earlier projects that have developed the growing awareness of good recycling behaviour within businesses, and across the community.

To establish the baseline for both awareness, and recycling behaviour, a survey of 377 businesses and visual audit of their bins was completed. This looked at the specific issues with each type of business, and what future resources or education could be introduced to change behaviour, and improve recycling.

With this information on what businesses knew and what they did, educational guides were developed and printed on robust paper that was surfaced to withstand coffee and food splashes. Engagement was then delivered to 1,104 businesses in six shopping strips — Brunswick, Smith, Rathdowne and Nicholson Streets, and St Georges Rd and Queens Parade — with a mix of food, retail, and office businesses. The engagement covered education and the offer of both internal and external recycling bins where needed, giving feedback, clearing up misconceptions such as the cost of recycling is greater than that of waste, and making clear that materials  recycled, and what they come back as. Communal recycling was encouraged, sharing bins when possible between businesses.

Cardboard collection points in Clifton Hill, Richmond and Fitzroy, and the six cardboard collection trailers that move around every three weeks, were highlighted. Following the survey and audit, the trailers are being re-designed to work more effectively. To help reduce littering, 23 cigarette butt poles were added to public bins, and cigarette butt poles were lifted on bins when they were too low to be seen from both sides of the bin. Pavement stickers making the link between litter, the gutter, and our waterways and wildlife are being applied sparingly in the strips, and at the local schools by the school students, to reinforce the message.

The project worked: from encouraging and expanding the great recycling some businesses are already doing, to completely changing infrastructure and behaviour to have a business start recycling effectively. Businesses were motivated by a reduction in hassle, by understanding how recycling worked, the cost savings to their business, the environmental benefit, and the opportunity to be involved in a project that targets the whole shopping area, and potentially improved their brand to staff and patrons.


Project resources:

  • Business precinct cardboard recycling Case Study 1.2 MB

    This case study is about businesses in the City of Yarra working together to recycle cardboard. It's part of the City of Yarra's Metro Fund Round Three project 'Business/shopping precinct resource recovery project' to improve commercial recycling and waste management standards by educating businesses to get the most out of their recycling, minimise food waste and reduce stormwater pollution.

  • Business precinct hairdressers cutting waste Case Study 641 KB

    This case study is about hairdressing businesses in the City of Yarra working to recycle more of their waste. It's part of the City of Yarra's Metro Fund Round Three project 'Business/shopping precinct resource recovery project' to improve commercial recycling and waste management standards by educating businesses to get the most out of their recycling, minimise food waste and reduce stormwater pollution.

  • Business precinct recycling collaboration Case Study 905 KB

    This case study is about businesses in the City of Yarra working together to recycle. It's part of the City of Yarra's Metro Fund Round Three project 'Business/shopping precinct resource recovery project' to improve commercial recycling and waste management standards by educating businesses to get the most out of their recycling, minimise food waste and reduce stormwater pollution.

  • Business Precincts MF R3 Final Report - Yarra Report 1.5 MB

    This final report outlines the outcomes, findings, project highlights and recommendations for the City of Yarra 'Business Precincts' project. This Metro Fund Round 3 project aimed to increase recycling and reduce waste and litter across six shopping strips in the City of Yarra. This work builds on earlier projects that have developed the growing awareness of good recycling behaviour within businesses and across the community.   

  • Business Precincts fact sheet 1 - Yarra Fact sheet 178 KB

    This fact sheet was developed by the City of Yarra Metro Fund Round 3 'Business Precincts' project. The project aimed to increase recycling and reduce waste and litter across six shopping strips in the City of Yarra. This fact sheet targets non food businesses in the project area.   

  • Business Precincts fact sheet 2 - Yarra Fact sheet 348 KB

    This fact sheet was developed by the City of Yarra Metro Fund Round 3 'Business Precincts' project. The project aimed to increase recycling and reduce waste and litter across six shopping strips in the City of Yarra. This fact sheet highlights recycling and waste services in the project area.

  • Business Precincts fact sheet 3 - Yarra Fact sheet 179 KB

    This fact sheet was developed by the City of Yarra Metro Fund Round 3 'Business Precincts' project. The project aimed to increase recycling and reduce waste and litter across six shopping strips in the City of Yarra. This fact sheet targets food businesses in the project area. 

  • Business Precincts pavement artwork - Yarra Promotional item 1.3 MB

    This pavement artwork was developed by Yarra City Council for the Metro Fund Round 3 'Business Precincts' project. The artwork aimed to targeted litter in the project area and support new signage on public bins. The artwork also links the message of litter in the gutter flowing to local waterways and the quality of life there.

Last updated: 27/06/2016