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Plastic Waste & Recycling for Individuals



Join the Plastic Free Noosa Alliance by becoming a Plastic Free Champion. Plastic Free Champions consist of individuals, businesses, and organisations who agree to avoid the identified plastic items and initiate a switch to listed preferred alternatives.

  • Use a reusable coffee cup 

  • Use a reusable drink bottle.

  • Say no to straws and soy sauce fish packages.

Learn more

  • Sunshine Coast Council has information on recycling, what can and cannot be recycled, tips on how to recycle and resource recycling centres and more 
  • Resource recovery centres where you can drop off unwanted second-hand items for resale and proper disposal of items. Items able to be disposed of for free include roofing irons, exhaust, white goods, clothing and cleaning rags, engine oil, agricultural and decorative paint and domestic hazardous chemicals, and printer cartridges.
  • Sunshine Coast Recycling Markets can be used to sell furniture, toys, building materials and many more items
  • TerraCycle is a company dedicated to eliminating waste and the idea of waste. They have many free recycling programs which help people recycle typically hard-to-recycle products. 
  • Banish Recyclingand Disposal Program (BRAD) is a company that is designed to help Australia reduce their waste and ecological footprint. BRAD is offered to end hard-to-recycle household items and has a variety of recyclers for the products which are sent to recycle. Instead of dropping things off at drop-off points, they will either pick up the items from your home or be placed into a red Australia post box
  • Business Recycling and Planet Ark have created a way for people to recycle things not commonly recycled. There are drop-off points across the Sunshine Coast. These items include but are limited to batteries, furniture, laptops, paint and white goods. 
  • Plastic Solutions is information about understanding plastic identification codes, using waste hierarchy, recycling options and information about plastic recycling for businesses 
  • Australia’s Food and Grocery Manufacturing Industry, has created the National Plastics Recycling Scheme project. The project will make soft plastic recycling more accessible for people to complete. These items include bread and cereal bags, frozen vegetable packets, confectionery wrappers and plastic toilet paper wrap. They will be collected through the extended curbside recycling program. Unfortunately, the program has not yet been extended to Queensland and the Sunshine Coast.

Disposing of styrofoam is challenging due to its weight. Wind and water carry the styrofoam distances. It is difficult in landfills due to the bulkiness, and recycling styrofoam is inefficient due to it being voluminous and lightweight. 

  • Polystyrene Recycling Queensland is a business that aids people and businesses to recycling styrofoam and polystyrene, they aim to save businesses money, reduce landfill and contribute to recycling waste. 
  • There are free drop-off points in Brisbane, and if large qualities of polystyrene need to be removed collection is available. 
  • Planet Ark offers several Sunshine Coast and Brisbane pick-up businesses. 
  • There are several alternatives to polystyrene, they include cardboard and tissue paper for furniture and similar products, cardboard and tissue paper are lightweight and cost similar to polystyrene. 
  • Other alternatives to polystyrene include mushroom material, plantable packaging, edible packing peanuts, bamboo fibre eco bowls, EarthAware, InCycle Cups, EarthShell “paper” plates, ecotainer cups, Loliware Edible Cups.

If styrofoam is needed and cannot be replaced by something else, there are ways that it can be reused. 

  • These include reuse as packing peanuts, donating them to the local shipping businesses, stuffing for plush toys, pillows and beanbag chairs, plant pot fillers, and Christmas tree tinsel. 
  • Ways to reuse styrofoam cups include seedling starters, speaker/sound amplifiers for phones and tablets, lanterns. 
  • Planet Protector Packaging is a company that makes lining for packages with waste wool. It allows for packaging to have temperature control within the cardboard boxes. Wool liners can be used for seafood, medicine and food and beverage. 
Reduce Reuse Recycle Infographic
Reduce Reuse Recycle Infographic © WWF-Australia