Living plastic-free

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Join the challenge

We are encouraging residents to reduce their use of single-use disposable plastic during July. Whether you opt to remove all single-use plastic items from your life, or just the top 4 (straws, bottles, bags and coffee cups), you’ll be joining over one million people from 130 countries in making a difference.

What you can do

  • Register to take the Plastic Free Challenge and receive tips and tricks throughout July. 
  • Like the Loving Living Ku-ring-gai page on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on tips, events and competitions.

Kick-start your plastic-free lifestyle...

  • Use your own reusable shopping bags
  • Buy a metal/glass bottle
  • Take your own reusable cup to the café
  • Say no to straws
  • Recycle what cannot be avoided

Ku-ring-gai activities in July

‘Plastic Challenger’ competition

Like our page and comment on our Plastic Free July posts on Facebook and Twitter throughout the month and go in the draw to win a 'Plastic Challenger Pack' drawn every Friday. Each pack includes a metal drink bottle, glass reusable cup, bamboo straws and a double pass to our movie screening of The Clean Bin Project (see below), all packaged in a beautiful reusable bag. Pack valued at $120, and we have FOUR packs to giveaway.

Plastic free July movie screening

'The Clean Bin Project'  Roseville Cinema, Wednesday 2 August, 5.30-8.30pm (movie starts 6.30pm). $10 per person donated to Planet Ark - includes popcorn, soft drinks and an introductory talk from a local sustainability expert. There will also be a lucky door prize! As we wrap up the month, join us for this fun and inspiring call to action as we follow one couple over the course of a year, as they tackle their own impact on consumerism and waste. Speaking to crowds of all ages it has laugh out loud moments and interviews with key figures in the war on waste.

Click here to book your tickets.

Resources

Overwhelmed by how to start reducing plastic in your lifestyle? The below resources will help you on your way:

Ku-ring-gai Council

Do you know what goes where in your recycling bins? Test your knowledge with the Recycle Right Quiz and receive a handy cloth jute bag to start your plastic free journey.

Click here for Waste and Recycling information for your home, apartment or business. 

Download the A-Z Waste Guide (pdf. 431KB) for a detailed list of what goes where in your bins.

Living plastic free

Plastic Free July has a wealth of resources to get you started on your journey. 

Recycling plastic bags

Redcycle will tell you where to find your nearest supermarket for recycling. Supermarkets at Lindfield, Turramurra, Chatswood and Hornsby now offer specialty soft plastic recycling.

Reusable bags

Boomerang Bags is a community initiative bringing people together to create reusable bags out of recycled materials. 

Coffee cups

Responsible Cafés will offer you a discount for bringing your own cup. We have partnered with the Better Business Partnership to engage our own local businesses so mention in to your local coffee shop!

 The list of participating cafés in Ku-ring-gai is growing. Current participants are:

  • Gordon: Little Gem Café, 1 Moree St
  • Gordon: Pure Brew Co, 1 St Johns Ave
  • Lindfield: The Runaway Spoon, 3 Kochia Ln

Bulk food stores

The following suburbs have bulk food/organics stores where you can take your own container/use a paper bag supplied to purchase a range of pantry staples. Warringah Mall, Chatswood, Cammeray, Crows Nest, Lane Cove, Rhodes, Willoughby.

Reuse and recycle

Bower’s Collection and Rehoming Service takes your unwanted goods and recycles or turns them into reusable items. Currently their free collection service is available to Ku-ring-gai residents. 

Recycling Glass

Glass bottles and jars (from jams, condiments, drinks etc) can be recycled via your kerbside collection. 

Toughened glass such as drinking glasses, ceramics, plate glass (window panes) and oven-proof glass/pyrex cannot be recycled via your kerbside recycling services. They melt at a higher temperature than normal glass bottles and jars. As little as 15 grams of this non-acceptable glass per tonne can result in valuable glass being unable to be recycled!

How to prepare glass bottles and jars for recycling

  • Remove lids or caps, but no need to remove paper labels.
  • Rinse jars and empty bottles. To conserve water, wash bottles and jars in used dishwater or in a bucket with other recyclables
  • Ensure that the bottles and jars are empty and dry

Source and more information on your local Council Collection: Recycling Near You Planet Ark

Chemicals

Chemicals including solvents and chemical cleaners, paints, batteries, light bulbs, bug spray aerosols, poisons, motor oils, fire extinguishers and other dangerous substances should not be placed in recycling or rubbish bins. All can be dropped of at our regular free Chemical Clean Out event at St Ives show ground, keep an eye out for the next one.

Everything Else!

Head to Waste and Recycling to find out how to dispose of a wide range of other items including printer cartridges, fridges, bikes and computers.