Join the challenge
Did you know that every bit of plastic ever made still exists! The plastic bottles, bags and takeaway containers that we use for just a few minutes contain a material that is designed to last forever. They are sent to landfill or end up in our waterways and oceans. Scientists predict that by 2050, there will be more tonnes of plastic than fish.
Each year we will be participating in Plastic Free July, encouraging residents to reduce their use of single-use plastic. For the rest of the year, we will have a host of tips and suggestions to help you look at how you are consuming plastic and to create a healthier lifestyle and planet for your family.
5 tips to 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
Confused about which plastics to put in your yellow bin? A good rule of thumb is if it's rigid, hard plastic from the kitchen, laundry or bathroom (eg. shampoo, detergent bottles, meat trays), pop it in the yellow bin. If it's scrunchable, soft plastic (see below), it goes with your plastic shopping bags to be dropped at the supermarket. Toys need to go to the charity store.
Did you know as well as your plastic supermarket bags - bread and nappy bags, pasta and chip packets, zip lock bags, frozen food and biscuit wrappers can be included too!
Redcycle will tell you more and where to find your nearest supermarket for recycling. Lindfield, Turramurra, Chatswood and Hornsby supermarkets now offer specialty soft plastic recycling.
The 'What Goes In Which Bin' page has a great breakdown of exactly what can go into your recycling bins in Kur-ring-gai. Every Council is slightly different.
General waste & recycling
Visit Waste and Recycling for everything about recycling in Ku-ring-gai.
Download the A-Z Waste Guide (pdf. 431KB) for what goes where in your bins.
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!
Preparing 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
Reuse and recycle furniture and goods
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.
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.
Get a FREE reusable bag
Do you know what goes where in your recycling bins? Test your knowledge with Ku-ring-gai's Recycle Right Quiz and receive a handy cloth jute bag to start your plastic free journey.
Look out for Boomerang Bags at your local supermarket or farmers market. A community initiative bringing volunteer sewers together to make freely available, reusable bags out of recycled materials.
Visit your local Responsible Cafe
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
- Gordon: Pure Brew Co
- Gordon: Bakerie
- Lindfield: Bella Blue Cafe
- Lindfield: The Runaway Spoon
- Lindfield: De'Lish Food Store
- East Lindfield: That Great Market
- East Lindfield: Deli in the Park
- St Ives: Rosedale Cottage
- St Ives: Eden Cafe
- Pymble: Jack & Co
- Pymble: Harry & Piers
- Turramurra: La Stazione
- Wahroonga: Danes
- West Pymble: Ku-ring-gai Aquatic Centre
Visit our Lifestyle page to discover a range of resources on natural cleaning and how to make your own alternative to cling wrap with Beeswax Wraps.
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 and Willoughby.
Saving our waterways
The Take3 initiative is spreading the plastic-free message and it's impact on our oceans and waterways.
Stay in touch
Keep up to date with our latest environmental news, programs and events:
Subscribe to our monthly sustainability e-newsletter
Subscribe to our What's on calendar via email every 6 months