What you can do about Plastics

Every day we encounter single-use plastic: bags, water bottles, straws, food packaging and takeaway coffee cups.


Here are a few things you can do to be part of the solution:

  • If running an event, hire, borrow or use existing reusable cups, sauce dispensers, reusable cable ties etc.

  • Check out our plastics flyer (5MB) for ways to rethink your plastic use and lighten your impact.

  • Learn more at a plastic-free workshops and event. Check out our Green Events page or subscribe to our Green Events monthly newsletter to be notified when our workshops become available.

  • Make a pledge to reduce your plastic use and support local businesses that have made a plastic free pledge through the Bye Bye Plastic Hello BYO campaign.

  • Use Council’s Water Bubblers and Refill station map to find out where to refill your reusable water bottle in North Sydney.

  • Bring your own reusable containers to businesses that use plastic free alternatives, like those listed in Bye Bye Plastic Hello BYO, or Responsible Cafes, or BYO Containers

  • Businesses in the North Sydney Council area can receive face to face support from a dedicated business officer through the Better Business Partnerships. Get information, advice and resources to help you go plastic free.

  • Recycle your soft plastics. Avoidance is best, but you can also recycle soft plastics like bread bags, chip packets and plastic shopping bags at most Coles and Woolworths stores. To find out more, go to How to red-cycle

  • Be inspired by 100 simple, easy inspirational ideas to help you on the journey to a single-use plastic-free life: My Plastic Free Life guide

  • Pick up your FREE reusable shopping bag available at North Sydney Council customer service counter. Please bring proof of your residential address, or your rates notice, and receive up to 5 bags!

  • Try your hand at making your own re-useable ‘boomerang bags’ using recycled materials. If you are handy with a sewing machine, follow these instructions:

    How to Make a Boomerang Bag (361KB)

  • Sign up to www.plasticfreejuly.org to be part of a like-minded community and access resources on giving up plastic for good, not just in July!

  • Use your reusables! Watch our video....