Join the War on Waste

If we all get on board with small changes to reduce our waste, we can make a big difference to how much rubbish goes needlessly into landfill.

We all need to do our bit to protect this extraordinary place we call home and reduce the amount of waste heading to landfill.

NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) charge a levy on all waste facilities and this cost is then passed onto Councils. Each year the waste levy increases to encourage the reduction of waste going to landfill and to promote recycling. The current waste levy is nearly 2.5 times more than what is was for 2009-2010.

Simple choices add up and help reduce the amount of waste we generate. Choose to refuse and re-use.

  • Use reusable coffee cups, water bottles and shopping bags.
  • Put a ‘no junk mail’ sticker on your letterbox.
  • Opt out of getting paper copies of the Yellow and White Pages.
  • Use your bins correctly. For example, over 5% of our red-lidded bin is made up of recyclable plastics or paper/cardboard.  Ensure recyclable plastic containers are placed in the yellow bin and not the red-lidded bins, and that recyclable paper/cardboard is placed in the blue bin.
  • Recycling of soft plastics:  Soft plastics make up over 7% of our red bin waste by weight and take up a lot of space in your bin. You can take these to your local supermarket and pop them in the REDcycle bin
  • Decrease food waste: Food waste makes up the largest amount of waste in our red-lidded bins (over 40%). You can attend a composting or a worm farming workshop at Kimbriki (subject to COVID restrictions) and receive a voucher from Council to get your own compost bin or worm farm (T&Cs apply). Council is also currently examining options to significantly reduce the amount of food entering the red bin.
  • Use our A-Z guide to reuse and recycling to see where you can reuse or recycle numerous items.
  • Check out our video: Be the best version of you and avoid the red bin when you can

What is Council doing?

We are:

  • Committed to diverting 85 percent of waste from landfill by 2040. Find out more in our Environment and Climate Change Strategy 2040
  • Investigating ways to recover more resources from food waste, soft plastics and our bulky goods collections. For example, we are currently undertaking a market assessment to consider what collection and processing solutions of soft plastics may be suitable for the Northern Beaches into the future, to enhance the Northern Beaches circular economy.
  • Holding textile collection events so the community are able to get rid of their unwanted fabrics and clothing. Textiles make almost 5% of our red bin waste. 
  • Supporting Worn Up in a trial period of recycling school uniforms in poor and at ‘end of life’ condition.

Attend a workshop

Learn and find ways to reuse, repair and recycle used items. Attend one of our workshops and help save the planet. Choose from many of the activities listed below, such as fermenting foods, keeping backyard chickens or make money selling unwanted stuff online.... check out these interesting activities to get involved and reduce your impact.  

Disposable Plastics


Beeswax wraps

Where possible avoid disposable plastics. Attend one of our Beeswax Wrap workshops and learn how you can swap cling wrap for reusable beeswax wraps.

Can’t make it to one of our workshops? Watch our instructional video.

Pledge Swap This for That

Find out more about our Swap This for That campaign. Take our pledge and put down single-use plastic bags, bottles, straws and coffee cups - aka the ‘Big 4’ – and pick up sustainable alternatives.

Find out more about reducing single use plastics.

Redcycle your soft plastics

Did you know that soft scrunchable plastics such as bread, rice, pasta bags and cling wrap can be recycled in the Redcycle bins at your local supermarkets? REDcycle recycles them into outdoor furniture for primary and pre-schools.

Visit REDcycle for a list of recyclable soft plastic items and participating supermarkets.

Furniture, Appliances, Mattresses and Toys


We can avoid this type of waste by buying quality items that will last or buying second hand.

Learn how to buy and sell online, and in turn keep these items out of landfill. Give your much-loved items a chance to be used and cherished by another person.


Composting and worm farming

Dispose of food waste and create environmentally friendly, natural fertiliser for your garden through composting and worm farms.

Waste reduction events

Check out these interesting waste reduction workshops, events, webinars and activities to learn how to reduce your impact on the environment by ...

Avalon Car Boot Sale

Don’t send your unwanted goods to landfill… sell them at the Avalon Car Boot Sale at Dunbar Park Avalon.

Second Hand Saturdays

Find out how to throw a garage sale and get free advertising for your garage sale with Second Hand Saturdays.

Beeswax wraps instructions

Beeswax wraps are a great alternative to using single use plastic wrap and it’s an easy process you can do at home. Learn a new skill while helping...

Food waste

Here's some great ideas on how to reduce food waste going to landfill and reduce the impact on our environment.

Switch to reusable cloth nappies

Disposable nappies contain plastic that takes many years to decompose. Switch to modern cloth nappies and save dollars and the environment.

Northern Beaches Reuse and Recycling Map

Find your nearest clothing bin or places that accept towels, blankets, toys, sporting equipment, old spectacles, furniture, bikes and more!