Bye Bye Plastic


Recyclesmart operating in BBP Councils

Female in pink safety vest holding pink bags of soft plastic

We are very pleased to announce that RecycleSmart is now operating in the 3 BBP Partner Councils North Sydney, Willoughby and Ku-ring-gai.

  • If you are a resident: book your Power Pickup from home here and get your difficult-to-recycle items collected from your doorstep.
  • If you are a business: you can now get your soft plastics, e-waste, polystyrene, textile, batteries, and much more recycled from your doorstep.
    How? Easy! Online booking – next day collection available at affordable prices.Find out more with the Business Power Pickup Fact sheet, visit or contact

By diverting valuable resources from landfill, together we can reduce our carbon footprint.

Green Caffeen launches across the North Shore with BBP

On a soggy July morning last week, BBP launched its partnership with Green Caffeen at The Foliage Cafe in North Sydney with a free coffee for everyone who used the Green Caffeen app to purchase a take away coffee.  We were joined by North Sydney Mayor Zoe Baker who came out to support local business.  Regular customers were amazed by how easy it is to use the Green Caffeen and shocked by the statistic that 2.7 million disposable cups are still being discarded across Australia every day!

Green Caffeen team and BBP at Foliage Cafe

Other BBP cafes participating in the coffee morning were The Steam Engine in Chatswood, Soulplate in Willoughby, Best Bagel Co in Cremorne, The Coal Loader Cafe in Waverton and Cafe DoReMi in Gordon.

Steam Engine Cafe team with Green Caffeen cups

Steam Engine Coffee Chatswood team with Green Caffeen cups

Its so simple to use this system.  Just download the app onto your mobile phone.  You need to put a credit card in as a deposit but no funds will be withdrawn unless you do not return a cup after a month (and a couple of gentle email reminders).  When you forget your reusable cup and want a coffee to go, just ask for a Green Caffeen cup and you will only pay for the cost of the coffee to the cafe.  Return it to any Green Caffeen registered cafe within a month.  Its soooo easy and cool to be Green Caffeen!

Check out the cool video!


Single use plastic has become a necessary evil for business due mainly to its cost factor and easy to obtain and dispose of, seemingly without consequence to the business or the consumer.  However as it is now painfully obvious that the amount of plastic is drowning the oceans and polluting the environment, businesses and consumers are increasingly conscious of trying to reduce the amount of single use plastic being used. There are so many other available single use items made of more sustainable materials that may be compostable or biodegradable.  

The Bye-Bye Plastic hello BYO website has a comprehensive catalogue of suppliers resources of non-petroleum based items.


Reusables are best, if you can find practical and cost effective alternatives to single use for use in your business.  The planet will thank you and increasingly, the general customer base appreciate a business’ efforts to go reusable.


There are many clever innovations and equipment available to invest in if you are keen to reduce reliance on single use disposables.  Water, coffee, storage and take away containers… the list goes on and is ever increasing as clever inventors come up with ways to balance high demand with convenience.

Check out the Bye-Bye Plastic website Suppliers Page for products and suppliers to meet your needs.

Single Use Plastic and COVID-19

With the threat posed by COVID-19 this year, it feels like we have no choice but to use more single use and disposable items for hygiene to prevent spread of the virus through the community.

North Sydney Council did their research to find ways that cafes and shops could still support the move away from single use in these challenging times and have come up with some cool info-graphics to explain the process.  Its a little bit of effort but well worth it in the end.  Click on the image to download, print and share!

Why is it time to give single use plastic the flick?

Apart from killing sea and bird life, clogging our oceans it is now infiltrating our food chains.  We created plastic to make our lives easier, but now it threatens our health and enjoyment. Time to say bye-bye plastic.