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The Criteria

In response to the Queensland State Government's single-use plastic bans effective September 2021, the Plastic Free Noosa Member Criteria now expands beyond the initial six plastic priority items from 2018 and supports additional sectors in 2023.

From March 2023, we are pleased to announce the program is continuing to work towards the elimination of plastic water bottles and takeaway coffee cups and lids, plus now encourages members to work towards zero waste operations in support of the new Plastic Free Noosa Member Criteria.

Members who achieve five of the seven criteria items detailed below will be awarded and promoted as Plastic Free Noosa Champions.

Member Requirements:
  • Must have alternative to plastic water bottles
  • Stock more sustainable alternatives (water in aluminium cans/bottles or glass)
  • Plastic Free Noosa Champion cannot sell plastic water bottles


Best: Reusable bottles accepted only + refill station Better: Reusable aluminium bottles + reusable glass bottles Good: Single use aluminium cans Okay: Water Box (plant-based carton)

Plastic bottles form a large component of the litter stream. In the marine environment, they have the potential to survive forever. Once there, they begin to fragment into bite size micro-plastics, killing marine life that mistakes them for food. In a developed nation such as Australia, the need for plastic bottled water is extremely low. In this context, the sale and use of single-use bottled water, which inevitably leads to littering, mismanagement and escape into the environment needs to be reduced if not eliminated.

Member Requirements:
  • Must accept reusables
  • If purchasing Single Use TA cups choose Home Compostable AS 5810 - 2010 or Commercially Compostable AS 4736 - 2010.
  • Encourage customers not to take a lid
  • Consider/Introduce a Mug Library / Reusable Swap System
  • Consider/Introduce Simply Cups Collection


Best: Only accept reusables & have a Mug Library Better: Simply Cups Collection Good: Home Compostable Okay: Commercially Compostable

Single-use takeaway coffee cups and lids are one of the greatest pollutants in our community today. In fact, Australians consume over 2.7 million takeaway coffee cups each day, that's close to a billion every year - what's worse, this statistic is rapidly climbing! The plastic lining in the cup means the majority of cups are not recyclable, and instead end up in landfill. If mismanaged they have the potential to end up in our oceans. Coffee cup lids are usually made of polystyrene (Plastic Code 6 PS), a particularly toxic and problematic source of marine plastic pollution. Lids often escape bins and landfill, ending up in the ocean.

Member Requirements:
  • Member to collect & recycle eligible containers for the Containers for Change scheme.
  • Create a scheme number and organise an onsite Containers for Change collection bin or organise own return to a depot.
  • Consider putting funds back into environmental programs or donate to environmental cause

26% of the volume of waste found in a commercial or industrial general waste bin in Noosa is in fact recyclable materials (2021 Noosa Council). Depending on each individual business's waste infrastructure, this contamination could be due to the recycling bin reaching capacity before it is collected, or simply due to the team not being across what is recyclable in Noosa Shire today.

Since 2018, a state-wide container refund scheme, known as Containers for Change, has been in place across Queensland incentivising the collection and return of eligible containers for recycling, in exchange for a 10-cent refund payment. Containers for Change helps to reduce the amount of drinking containers that are littered in the environment and increases our state's recycling rate.

Member Requirements:
  • Encourage customers to bring reusables
  • If TA food is provided, provide in reusable containers
  • For TA food - If you do need disposable alternatives, consider uncoated paper, bamboo, wood or sugarcane pulp.

The Queensland State Government's ban on single-use plastic takeaway food containers, cutlery and straws means businesses are now using recyclable or compostable food containers, hot and cold beverage containers, cutlery and straws. Good riddance to that toxic single-use takeaway plastic packaging!

Unfortunately, takeaway packaging (whilst recyclable or compostable) is still being littered into the Noosa Biosphere Reserve. We know this how? On average, at least 50% of waste collected during a Plastic Free Noosa beach clean-up is some form of single-use takeaway food or beverage container, cutlery or straws.

Member Requirements:
  • Review supply chain and where possible source wholesale products in bulk sizing
  • Opt for products featuring plastic free, recyclable or reusable packaging
  • Put pressure on your wholesalers to provide plastic-free/sustainable packaging solutions
  • Separate bulk soft plastics, cardboard and polystyrene and organise collection by Noosa Council

Manufacturers and distributors are listening to public concerns and are taking responsibility for their environmental impact by adopting more sustainable product packaging design solutions. From upcycled or recycled materials to replace toxic polystyrene, to choosing recyclable and biodegradable cardboard cartons and adhesives - wholesale products supplied in sustainable packaging are becoming increasingly available.

Member Requirements:
  • Divert kitchen waste and food scraps away from landfill and compost organics on-site.
  • Collaborate with a community organisation or business in need of compostable organics for their permaculture garden or farm.
Compost Connect

Food for thought...a banana peel buried in landfill can take up to two years to break down. Considering 36% of the volume of waste found in a commercial or industrial general waste bin in Noosa is kitchen and food waste (2021 Noosa Council), two years just for a banana peel is staggering! Unfortunately, when organics are not diverted from general waste and are buried in landfill, the waste has no oxygen and produces methane gas which is 28 times more potent a greenhouse gas emission than CO2. The emissions from Noosa's landfill account for 63% of the Noosa Council's total emissions.

Member Requirements:
  • Reduce unnecessary waste created by amenities and choose to source bulk refillable solutions.
  • Choose local suppliers where possible

Single-use mini toiletries, dishwashing detergent and laundry powder in accommodation facilities are a prolific source of single-use plastic packaging waste finding its way to Noosa landfill (mismanagement can lead to litter in the environment). To break this down, a Plastic Free Noosa Champion prevented an estimated 66,000 single-use amenity bottles and wrappers from entering circulation in just 10 months by using bulk refillable solutions.

The Goal

Divert from landfill, aim for zero waste

Plastic Free Noosa is a community plan with an aspirational goal to become a community where it is easy to avoid unnecessary single-use plastics, because it simply isn't available anymore.


We recognise and promote our members for their awesome sustainable efforts and achievements and hope to connect them with the community through the Plastic Free Noosa Business Directory. We cannot wait to add your business or organisation to this directory!

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