Living plastic free

Simple actions you can take now

  • Carry your own reusable bottle and cup
  • Keep a fold up shopping bag with you
  • Say no to disposable straws and cutlery
  • Store food in glass containers.

Plastic Free July action picker(PDF, 86KB).

What can you recycle in Ku-ring-gai?

NSW Plastics Ban 

Single-use plastic items such as straws, cutlery, plates and bowls, as well as polystyrene are now banned across NSW businesses. Check out the single-use plastics ban website

Reduce

Single-use plastics

Council’s Sustainable Event Management Policy(PDF, 317KB) and Single-use Plastic Policy(PDF, 289KB) supports our staff, residents and event managers to find alternatives for these items.

Toxic-free DIY

Beeswax wraps - alternative to plastic cling wrap

Wrap bowls of food and wrap vegetables to stay fresh twice as long. Make your own with instructions from One Million Women or purchase from any healthy living store.

Japanese cloth wrapping (Furoshiki)

Use fabric of different shapes and patterns to wrap a range of objects for gifts and other reasons.

Knitting

Create your own woollen dish cloths or make your own clothes!  Follow step-by-step instructions here

Bulk food stores

Take your own container or use paper bags supplied to purchase a range of pantry staples at bulk food stores throughout northern sydney.

Plastic in our parks and open spaces

The use of plastic confetti or similar products is prohibited in our parks and open spaces. Check out this video for a DIY natural confetti alternative.

Reuse

Furniture and goods

Bower’s Collection and Rehoming Service takes unwanted goods and recycles or turns them into reusable items. A free collection service is available. 

Free reusable bags

Look out for Boomerang Bags at your local supermarket or farmers market. Volunteer sewers make freely available bags out of recycled materials. 

Repair

The Repair Cafe is a local initiative where you can take broken items for volunteers to repair. Sydney North Branch meets1st and 2nd Sundays of each month.

Recycle

Visit Waste and Recycling for everything about recycling in Ku-ring-gai.

Ku-ring-gai bins

'What goes in your recycling bins' is a great breakdown of exactly what can go into your recycling bins in Kur-ring-gai. Every Council is slightly different.

Additional Recycling lists the more unusual items like bikes, globes, mattresses and more... 

E-waste

The National Television and Recycling Scheme provides multiple locations for you to recycle TV's, computer, printers, electric cables and more.

Tech Collect are a not-for-profit organisation managing e-waste for a range of leading technology manufacturers and importers. 

Microbeads

Microbeads are tiny plastic particles that are added to personal care products. Beat the Microbeads is an organisation trying to increase awareness.

Saving our waterways

The Take3 initiative is spreading the plastic-free message and it's impact on our oceans and waterways. 

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Expand your knowledge

 Junior Landcare 

Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) 

One Million Women 

The Guardian 

Planet Ark