Council supports community groups working to reduce single use plastics



AUSMAP is a national citizen science program tackling plastic pollution by surveying shorelines to obtain reliable data on the presence of micro plastics in Australian aquatic environments.  They engage students and communities in the collection of the data. Visit AUSMAP


Boomerang Bags

Boomerang Bags is a community driven movement converting used materials into reusable bags. Council provides used banners to be made up into veggie, shopping and beach bags. Visit Boomerang Bags for meeting times

  • Avalon group meet on Tuesdays at Avalon Recreational Centre. Contact
  • Manly group meet on Wednesdays 9.30 to 11.30am at Manly Library, Market Place.

Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew

Meets the last Sunday of every month at 10 am to clean up a local beach or lagoon. Do a good deed for the planet and make new friends at the same time. More info


Operation Straw

Operation Straw is a clean up initiative designed to tackle the plastic found in Manly Cove and beyond. In summer volunteers from across the Northern Beaches meet every Saturday morning for a STRAWkle (that’s a snorkel for straws). Visit Operation Straw


SO Manly

The ‘Sustainable Organisation of Manly’ (SO Manly) is a community-driven network of businesses, organisations and individuals that work together to protect the ocean and the environment. Visit SO Manly on Facebook


Responsible Cafes

Takeaway coffee cups cannot be recycled due to the plastic lining. It is estimated we throw away 3 billion every year. Find out which cafes offer a discount if you bring your own reusable cup at Responsible Cafes on Facebook.


Surfrider Foundation Australia

Surfrider Foundation Australia is a sea-roots organisation dedicated to the protection of Australia’s beaches. There are 17 branches across Australia, our local branches are Northern Beaches and Manly. Visit Surfrider Foundation Australia.

They have developed some amazing initiatives to support their ongoing commitment to combat plastic pollution in our oceans and inspire local businesses and communities to reduce their plastic footprint::

Rubbish 4 Coffee - Customers can fill a bucket of rubbish from the beach or foreshore and swap it for a free coffee or other drink.

Ocean friendly businesses - To receive Ocean Friendly accreditation, businesses implement 6 simple changes to reduce single-use plastic in favour of reusable items and non-plastic alternatives.