Better Business Partnership (BBP) assists small to medium-sized businesses improve their sustainability and achieve local recognition for their efforts.
To become an accredited BBP member, your business must be located in the North Sydney, Willoughby or Ku-ring-gai local government areas.
You must also undergo a free sustainability assessment on nine key areas - energy, water, waste, transport, reducing plastic, community, staff, purchasing and business health.
BBP can help businesses find sustainable alternatives to the following single-use plastics which are banned in NSW:
- lightweight plastic shopping bags (banned from 1 June 2022)
- single-use plastic straws, stirrers and cutlery (banned from 1 November 2022)
- single-use plastic plates and bowls (banned from 1 November 2022)
- expanded polystyrene foodware (banned from 1 November 2022)
Businesses can encourage customers to use their own containers and cups, or there are lots of sustainable single-use alternatives outlined in our Plastic Free North Sydney policy guidelines.
BBP also works closely with participants to identify other opportunities to reduce waste, energy and water use, and to implement environmentally-sound purchasing practices, build staff support and community engagement.
Participants have benefitted by reduced waste and costs, and many have won multiple awards for their efforts, including at the annual Better Business Partnership Awards.
The BBP program is run in partnership between North Sydney and Ku-ring-gai and Willoughby City Councils.