Adopted by Council

Tuesday 26 March 2024

We are pleased to advise that Council endorsed the Waste and Circular Economy Strategy 2040 at its meeting on Tuesday 26 March.

The strategy is all about working with the community to reduce waste by implementing a circular economy – embracing reuse, repair and recycling initiatives. You can learn more about the strategy and history under the tabs below.

So what's next?

  • We will be piloting programs to help reuse and repair household items, implementing trial collections of recyclables like timber and textiles.
  • We’ll be running education and behaviour change campaigns, and advocating for manufacturer responsibility to reduce single use plastics.
  • We will also begin working with our community to understand how best to trial options for recycling of food organics which makes up such a large proportion of waste in our red bins.

How can you stay involved?

As we roll out initiatives that impact you, we will provide more opportunities to engage with our community on concepts, designs and trials.

+Follow this page to stay informed and get involved as these initiatives take shape.

Our challenge

We are serious about transforming our waste and litter services and empowering our community to create a meaningful impact. We are taking a major step towards a sustainable ‘reuse, repair and recycle’ model of waste management with the launch of our first waste and circular economy strategy.

Our draft Waste and Circular Economy Strategy 2040 – Rethink. Reduce. Reuse. and action plan is a blueprint for future waste management, which is aimed at transforming waste and litter management services away from a ‘take, make and dispose’ model to one which provides for a cleaner, more sustainable future. While change is not easy, many solutions are within our reach.

About the strategy

Did you know?

Disclaimer: These facts are condensed versions of those found within the strategy.
* PWC, Building a more circular Australia – The opportunity of transitioning to a circular economy, March 2021.

This strategy explores our challenges and opportunities and sets a clear path to improving environmental outcomes by working together with our community, local businesses, and other levels of government.

What is a circular economy?

The circular economy involves a transition from the linear ‘take-make-dispose’ economic system towards circulating materials in the economy for as long as possible at their highest value through reuse, repair and recycling. The ‘circular economy’ is based on designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use and regenerating natural systems.

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Learn more

  • Got 5 minutes?

    Read our snapshot to learn about the purpose and key elements of the strategy.

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  • Take a deeper dive

    Read the whole strategy. It's quite a large document but if you've got the time it's worth a read. Allow approx. 2 hours.

    Read more 

Consultation history

We asked for your help to get it right. We held 16 community events and pop-ups where we spoke to the community about the strategy. We also held an online information session for anyone who couldn't join us in person.

Our face to face and online events helped the community to understand the strategy in more detail and ask us questions.

We invited you to have your say by completing our survey - which asked for your thoughts on the directions and actions we intend to move forward with - or making a submission by email or writing to us.

The survey and submissions closed on Sunday 10 December 2023.

We held events near you

  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Sat 28 Oct 2023, 9am-1:30pm

    Avalon Car Boot Sale
    Dunbar Park, Avalon

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Sun 29 Oct 2023, 9am-1pm

    Bags to Riches
    Walter Gors Park, Dee Why

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Fri 3 Nov 2023, 5pm-9pm

    Narraweena World Food Markets
    Beverly Job Park, Narraweena

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Sat 4 Nov 2023, 9am-2pm

    Kimbriki Open Day
    1 Kimbriki Road, Ingleside

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    Sun 5 Nov 2023, 9am-3pm

    Reuse and Recycling Event
    North Narrabeen Reserve

  • Timeline item 6 - complete

    Sat 11 Nov 2023, 9am-4.30pm

    Manly Artwork Engagement with Visual Minutes
    Manly Corso, South Steyne (beach end) under flags

  • Timeline item 7 - complete

    Sat 11 Nov 2023, 8am-6pm

    Polystyrene Collection
    1 Kimbriki Road, Ingleside

  • Timeline item 8 - complete

    Sun 12 Nov 2023, 9am-4:30pm

    Dee Why Artwork Engagement with Visual Minutes
    Dee Why beachfront, near children's playground

  • Timeline item 9 - complete

    Fri 24 Nov 2023, 8am-1pm

    The Beaches Farmers Market
    Rat Park, Warriewood

  • Timeline item 10 - complete

    Sat 25 Nov 2023, 9am-1pm

    Glen St Theatre Native Plant Giveaway
    Glen Street Theatre Reserve, Belrose

  • Timeline item 11 - complete

    Sun 26 Nov 2023, 9am-3pm

    Palm Beach Markets Native Plant Giveaway
    Palm Beach

  • Timeline item 12 - complete

    Wed 29 Nov 2023, 11am-4pm

    Engagement pop-up stall - Dee Why
    Walter Gors Park, Dee Why

  • Timeline item 13 - complete

    Wed 29 Nov 2023, 6:30pm

    Online information webinar

  • Timeline item 14 - complete

    Wed 6 Dec 2023, 10am-1pm

    Engagement pop-up stall - Manly
    The Corso, Manly

  • Timeline item 15 - complete

    Thu 7 Dec 2023, 10am-1pm

    Engagement pop-up stall - Forestville
    Forestville Shopping Centre

  • Timeline item 16 - complete

    Thu 7 Dec 2023, 3pm-7pm

    Avalon Christmas tree lighting
    Dunbar Park, Avalon

Online information session recording

Engagement timeline

Community engagement was over 3 stages
  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Stage 1 - Discovery

    Telephone survey in Nov - Dec 2022

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Stage 2 – Deep dive

    Community workshops in Mar 2023, Council staff workshops in Apr 2023

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    ​Stage 3 – Exhibition of draft strategy

    Public exhibition of draft strategy

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Stage 3 - Report to Council