Waste less, compost more

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Who we are

We are a local group dedicated towards creating programs and events which reduce waste and encourage composting. We are made up of residents throughout Ku-ring-gai with different areas of expertise and passion. We hope to empower the community to reduce waste, encourage a circular economy and promote organics recycling.

Top 20 Waste-free actions

  1. Use loose tea to make a cuppa

  2. Start a worm farm

  3. Refuse plastic bags

  4. Use hankies instead of tissues

  5. Use reusable cups for takeaway drinks

  6. Sort my garbage every week

  7. Buy second hand clothes

  8. Choose glass containers over plastic

  9. Choose to repair instead of throwing away

  10. Join a recycling/share community

  11. Bees wax wraps – not plastic wraps

  12. Wash hair with a shampoo soap bar

  13. Use plant based bin liners

  14. Recycle used toothpaste and cosmetics

  15. Buy produce from co-ops or bulk stores

  16. Freeze leftovers

  17. Pickle and preserve

  18. Write a letter to govt about banning takeaway cups

  19. Write a letter to a manufacturer about reducing packaging

  20. Join the Ku-ring-gai Composting Network

Make your own Beeswax wrap

These are a great alternative to using plastics such as cling wrap and zip lock plastic bags. Using scrap fabric cut into squares of different sizes you can then melt beeswax onto the fabric to create a pliable material to seal containers and wrap avocados, cucumber etc.

Download our FREE step-by-step guide(PDF, 269KB)

Find a Free-Cycle site near you

Composting Network

We are connecting residents who want to be either a Host (accepting others organic scraps) or a Guest (taking your scraps to someone's house/apartment). We have over 70 participants across Ku-ring-gai and we need more!

Find out about our Composting Network

How to start a compost or worm farm

Visit our information page to get tips and tricks and even access discounted bins.

Find a Composting Network host near you!

Maps below show you both the size of the hosts compost bin at their location and the type of composting system they have for you to contribute your scraps to.

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Hard-to-recycle map

The champions within this group have collated an extensive list of items that cannot be placed in the red or yellow bins, such as e-waste, textiles, metals, soft plastics and sharps. Explore the online map to find drop-off points. This will be an ever-evolving project with more locations added. Let us know if we have missed anything!

Explore the Hard to recycle map

Community organisations

Find out more about St Ives Towards Sustainability and One Street. Two of the not-for-profit groups working with our Net Zero Champions to make great things happen in your neighbourhood.

Join our volunteer team!

Get in touch with us to join the WhatsApp Chat and share your ideas on reducing waste and organics recycling. 

Join the private Facebook group now 

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