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About the Market Sustainability


Our Sustainability Initiatives

We are proud to have been awarded bronze Waste Wise certification in July 2011 from the Metropolitan Waste Management Group. This award recognises our commitment to ongoing improvement in sustainability practices in waste minimisation and resource efficiency.


Each year Prahran Market Traders donate 37,000 kg’s of fresh food to SecondBite, which would have instead gone too landfill. SecondBite collects the food and redistributes it to 70 agencies (including local agencies, Prahran Mission, The Prahran Adventure Playground and Sacred Heart Mission) and thousands of people who are homeless or living in disadvantaged circumstances.
The food donated by Prahran Market traders is enough for 74,000 – 500g nutritious meals a year.The Prahran Market Traders have been instrumental in this story. Prahran Market was the first Melbourne Market to donate fresh food to SecondBite.


Water usage reduced from 45 mega litres (2005/06) to 22 mega litres (2014/15) which equates roughly to 400 domestic sized swimming pools saved annually. Water reduction has been achieved by: the installation of pressure reducing valves trader education sessions, the installation of sub meters in each tenancy so they can monitor their usage, rain harvesting systems (70,000 litre capacity) toilet upgrades – including water efficient pans, urinals and tapware, locating and repairing underground leaks, improved cleaning techniques, trigger nozzles and water monitoring systems.

Organic Recycling 2004/15

Fish offal, chicken, fat and bone – – roughly 185 tonne annually get taken off site for processing. Used in animal foods, fertilisers, pressed for oils etc Beef, Lamb & Pork, fat & Bone – 255 tonne annually. The waste is then processed into animal foods etc.

Organic Green Waste 2004/15

Around 60 tonnes annually recycled into fertilizers.


185 tonnes of Cardboard annually. This is then recycled into other products. We also recycle our office paper and air-conditioning filters and printer cartridges.


100% around 20 tonnes collected and recycled into building materials.

Cooking Oil

Around 9,000 litres recycled and processed into bio fuels (that can power trucks)


25% reduction in power usage. Installation of time clocks, sensors and energy saving lamps throughout the site. We have reduced our peak demand usage from 315Kw to 241Kw.


Major upgrades to our boiler system has resulted in a major reduction to our gas usage. The new boiler system is far more efficient and produces less emissions. We have also upgraded the gas heaters in the fruit and vegetable hall to more efficient units. Connecting the rain harvested water to service toilets and urinals in public bathrooms has reduced overall water consumption.

Future plans

  • Promoting recycled bags
  • Investigating options like solar hot water, solar power energy and Voltage Power Optimisation (VPO) technology.

All figures as at December 2015

Photo Credit: Dejan Hudoletnjak