Stay up-to-date with the City’s advice on sustainability, including solar passive design, water saving, waste reduction and energy efficiency.

Build Smart Live Smart + Solar Passive Design Principlesbuild smart live smart guide

The City of Canning is committed to helping our residents live more sustainably at home and in the community. We have developed a Build Smart Live Smart guide and checklist to use when building or renovating and live in a home that is energy efficient, water wise, travel smart.

Download a copy or pick one up from the Admin building or a library near you.

Rewards for Residents

The Rewards for ResidRewards for Residents - in textents initiative supports residents in making their home more sustainable. A local government initiative that inspires sustainable action in the community, Switch Your Thinking, has partnered with local businesses to offer residents discounts on products that will help to cut waste, reduce energy and water use.

Products include pool covers, rainwater tanks, solar panels, battery storage, electric bike accessories, worm farms, compost bins, insulation paint, green printing and energy and water audits.

Claim your discount today! Visit Rewards for Residents on the Switch Your Thinking website.


At the City of Canning we are committed to waste avoidance and recovery and we are thrilled to see just how many of our residents care about the issue of waste, and are making an effort to be part of the solution. Thank you!

The war on waste is really more of a war against our own addiction to convenience and consumption. But it is a war. We are fighting for our future, the beautiful Canning River, our peaceful parks and bush land and all the many critters and creatures that call this place home too. There is nothing convenient about choking rivers and oceans, heaving landfills or unsightly litter.

So prepare to take action with the 3 Rs!

Reduce: Choose to refuse single use plastic cans start with the Plastic Free July Challenge.

Reuse: Encourage your local cafe to become a Responsible Cafe, Sign up for the Garage Sale Trail in October or get creative with Young Reinventor of the Year.

Recycle: Find out more about how to dispose of rubbish properly in the City of Canning here.

The City's four libraries conveniently take mobile phones, batteries and ink cartridges - so don't put them in the bin, get them recycled correctly.

Energy Saving Tips

Switch your thinking by receiving an SMS tip that provides an easy action to help you stay on top of your power bill.

This summer, our partner, Switch your thinking is asking the community to shift their power use during peak electricity demand (usually very hot weekdays between 4pm and 8pm). Increasingly, new electricity infrastructure is built to meet peak demand that occurs for just a few hours each summer. Peak demand typically occurs as the sun is setting, limiting the role solar panels can play in beating the peak.

Switch your thinking will send two or three SMS messages this summer, prompting volunteers to shift non-essential electricity use, like pool pumps and dishwashers, when the grid is experiencing peak demand. By working collectively it may be possible to delay or avoiding building new infrastructure to supply power during peak demand times.

To participate in this award winning program and receive the monthly Energysmart tips, SMS your first name and postcode to 0409 497 125, or visit for more information.

Weather ProofingVentilation

Australian households contribute up to 20% of our national annual greenhouse gas emissions. Over a quarter of this is due to heating and air-conditioning our homes. We can reduce our need to heat and cool our homes by preventing draughts which account for 25% of heat loss in homes.

  • Provide adequate ventilation with exhaust fans and windows and doors.
  • Seal openings in the ceiling and under the house and check for cracks in the mortar of walls.
  • Check for leaks and sealing issues around windows and doors, pipes and wires. 
  • Seal up unused fireplaces.

Home Water Saving TipsWaterwise

Australia is one of the driest continents on the planet and water is a vital life supporting element. Here are some tips on how to be more waterwise in the home:

  • Use water efficient appliances: purchase appliances with a high rating. Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) make it easy for you to identify which white goods, lavatory equipment and water fixtures will save water and reduce your water bill.
  • Be a conscious consumer: Running water wastes water. Whether you are cleaning your body or your home, every drop counts. You can help by taking 4 minute showers, using a bucket instead of a hose when cleaning your car and turning the tap off when brushing your teeth.
  • Machines that wash: Only turn on your washing machine or dishwasher when you have a full load.
  • Consider installing a greywater system to water your garden by recycling the water from the bath, shower, washing machine, and laundry trough. This will require approval from the City of Canning to ensure the system meets the necessary requirements. Find out more here.
  • Fix dripping taps and leaking toilets, they can be a huge water waster.

For more ways to reduce household water consumption view these tips from our partner Switch Your Thinking.

Waterwise GardensHome Advice - In text

For most of the year Perth is hot and dry and it’s important to create gardens that don't rely heavily on constant irrigation. Try these tips in your garden:

  • Feed your soil - to help your soil hold water add compost from your own food scraps, water crystals or add manure to keep your soil healthy for thriving plants. Preference organic fertilizers, this will keep your soil healthy and maximize water retention.
  • Be clever with your watering – automatic watering timers can be a blessing but make sure you turn them off when there has been rain. Cluster plants with similar watering needs to you can get them the right amount of water with ease.
  • Cover bare soil by using plants, pebbles or mulch to trap water in the soil and prevent it from drying out. This will also keep weeds at bay and add nutrients back into your soil.
  • Use native plants as these have adapted to local conditions for thousands of years. They look beautiful too. They are tough and will not only thrive in your garden but also support native animals and pollinators. For a list of native and drought tolerant plants recommended by the City of Canning visit this page.

Reduce Your Storm Water PollutionStorm Water

We are lucky to live, work and play along the Canning River. But the river is home to important plants and animals that need to be taken care of. Make sure that the rain water that runs off of your property (storm water) and into the drains and rivers is pollution free. You can do this by:

  • Reducing litter and waste around you.
  • Use leaf litter as mulch or compost and pick evergreens where possible.
  • Consider your car: Repair oil leaks to prevent it from getting onto the road and into the river. Limit the water you use to wash your car.
  • Reduce your use of toxic fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides.
  • Plan your garden to make the most of the rain and your storm water system. Use plants that will filter out toxins and pollutants before reaching the river.
  • Harvest rain water - take a look at this infographic to find out more (and for a discount on rainwater tanks see rewards for residents above).

Cats and WildlifeCats and wildlife

Please be a responsible cat owner and help reduce harm to native wildlife. Even when requirements for food and shelter are met by their owners, the instinct for pet cats to hunt and chase may continue. Pet cats that are allowed to roam can capture and kill large numbers of native wildlife. Unwanted kittens that result from unsterilized cats roaming away from their homes can contribute to feral cat populations. Feral cats are free-living cats with minimal or no reliance on humans and are the single biggest threat to some Australian native wildlife.

View the Caring For Your Cat Page for more information about being a responsible pet owner.

For further details on any of the above items contact the City of Canning Sustainability Officer on 08 6229 4435 or send an email.

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