Plastic Free July has grown from a humble office initiative in Perth to a global movement with over 2 million people in 150 countries taking part in the annual challenge.

Let’s create a world without waste, choose to refuse single-use plastic this July at

Council is supporting the Plastic Free July global movement by organising events and urging the community to 'Swap this for that!'

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Council Events

Avalon Car Boot Sale

Avalon Car Boot Sale is on again we are supporting Plastic Free July so remember to bring your reusable water bottle and coffee cup and help do you bit to end plastic pollution. Don’t miss out great music, roving performers, food and a surprise celebrity appearance.

Dunbar Park, 3 Bowling Green Lane, Avalon Beach - Saturday 21 July 8am -2pm. Find out more...


Make Your Own Beeswax Wraps

Learn how to make your own reusable food wraps with cloth and beeswax, a great alternative to plastic wrap.

Various locations (Manly, Collaroy, North Narrabeen) & dates. Bookings are essential. Find out more...


Street Art

Come along and see the amazing street art being created by internationally recognised chalk artists. Roving theatre performers will be at Manly and Dee Why Beaches and council staff will be encouraging passers-by to take the pledge to swap single use plastics for reusable alternatives at all events.


Community Events/Initiatives


Local grass roots community groups have organised plenty of events for Plastic Free July – from beach clean ups, kids recycle relays, discussion panels, boomerang bag sewing workshops and talks from environmental experts:

  • ABC's War on Waste - A giant footprint made of plastics landed on Manly Beach as part of the new series of ABC’s War on Waste. Tune in on 24 July (8.30pm) and remember to say no to single use plastics.
  • Living Ocean family day - Barrenjoey High School, Avalon on Saturday 28 July, 10-4pm
  • Boomerang Bags – running numerous sewing bees and a great share-bag initiative
    Manly: Every Wednesday at Manly Library, 9.30-11.30am
    Collaroy Plateau
  • Wheeler Heights PS – one of our local schools to have eliminated single-use plastics from their canteen
  • The Australian Microplastic Assessment Project (AUSMAP) –a national citizen science program tackling plastic pollution - launches 6 July
  • SO Manly & Operation Straw – working with business and the community
  • Surfrider Foundation – is rolling out it’s 'Ocean Friendly' program
  • Rubbish 4 Coffee Initiative- Fill up a Surfrider branded bucket with rubbish on the beach and exchange it at participating cafes for a free coffee. Run by Surf Rider Foundation Manly and 4 Pines Brewing Company Manly
  • The Beaches Markets, Warriewood, Friday 6, 13, 20 and 27 July- Every week in Plastic Free July, The Beaches Markets will focus on one of the BIG 4 single use plastic items that are easy to replace with a reusable item. 
    Week 1, Friday 6 July: Bags 
    Week 2, Friday 13 July: Coffee cups
    Week 3, Friday 20 July: Water bottles 
    Week 4, Friday 27 July: Straws 

If you would like to add an initiative to this list, please email