Sustainability at Council

Inner West Council is working hard to reduce the environmental impact of its operations. You told us you want to build a sustainable community for the future and we are working hard to lead the way.

Reducing our climate impact

Inner West Council is committed to sourcing renewable energy and addressing climate change. Our goals include becoming carbon neutral and 100% renewable. Our strategies for addressing climate change include :

  • Moving to energy-efficient street lights
  • Powering our facilities with solar
  • Sourcing renewable energy from a solar farm
  • Planning for changes in climate

Learn more about Council's action on climate change.

We also support the Inner West community's efforts to manage climate change. You can see some our community projects here.

I want to know how I can save energy

I want to know how I can get solar 

Reducing waste at our facilities

Council is committed to the war on waste.  Here are some examples of how we reduce waste in our operations:

Our civil works team store and reuse materials whenever they can. In 2016 we reused:

  • 20 tonnes of sandstone        
  • 16 tonnes of sand
  • 50 tonnes of road base
  • 100 heritage bricks

Council was the second council in NSW to trial TonerPave. This product is a type of asphalt that uses recycled toner from printer cartridges to close the loop on cartridge recycling.A compost bin at Tillman Park Early Learning Centre

Our staff send their food scraps and tea bags to compost. This stops organic waste from going to landfill where it forms a powerful greenhouse gas – methane.

As we consolidate after amalgamation, we are careful to find homes for surplus resources.

  • Around 3000 pieces of high-vis work wear were distributed to volunteer organisations or upcycled into bags and vests for cyclists.
  • Several caddy loads of stationery were given to local community organisations.

    Check back soon to see more about our waste initiatives.

    I want to know how I can reduce waste

    I want to know about waste and recycling in my suburb

    Saving water at parks, sports fields and other facilities

    We have a program of projects to reduce water use and capture rain and storm water at Council buildings and community facilities.

    Water tanks at Marrickville Community NurseryWater efficiency

    Water efficient fixtures including taps, toilets and showers have been installed in various community facilities and Council’s operational buildings.

    Rainwater tanks

    Council uses rainwater tanks at a number of facilities, capturing water to flush toilets and water trees and gardens. We have over 569kL in water storage capacity, reducing our tap water use at pools, offices, child care centres and community nurseries.

    Sports fields stormwater harvesting and irrigation

    Council harvests and reuses stormwater at a number of parks and sport fields, saving millions of litres of water annually and tens of thousands of dollars. For example, Pratten Park is irrigated using storm water that is captured from an upstream drainage pipe. The water is filtered, stored in underground tanks and disinfected using ultra-violet light before watering the Balmain Road Sportsfieldsports field. This saves roughly 8 million litres of drinking water (~3 Olympic swimming pools) and $16,000 a year. 

    Storm water harvesting is also used to water these green spaces:

    • Mackey Park
    • Birchgrove Oval
    • Easton Park
    • Leichhardt Oval No 1
    • Balmain Rd Playing Field
    • Glover St Sports Field

    Community involvement

    A number of advisory groups, made up of interested or expert residents, provide ongoing advice to Council on how to achieve our sustainability objectives. They include:

    • Environmental Advisory Committee
    • Bicycle Working Group
    • Cooks River Working Group
    • Parramatta River Working Group

    For more information, including terms of reference and upcoming meeting dates, check out the local democracy groups page.


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    Page last updated: 18 Mar 2019