What is Make the Switch?

‘Make the Switch’ is a project to reduce Byron’s plastic footprint using a source reduction approach. To achieve this, we engage directly with food outlets, events and markets to help them switch from single-use plastics to better alternatives. The project is run by Plastic Free Byron and The Boomerang Alliance in conjunction with Byron Shire Council. The project operates under Boomerang Alliance’s Plastic Free Places program.

How it Works

The program focusses on six key single-use plastic items which represent the most problematic and prolific sources of the litter stream. These items are; water bottles, foodware (cutlery, cups, plates etc.), straws, coffee cups/lids, takeaway containers and plastic bags.

Cafes, restaurants, events and markets join us as a member and we help them remove the six key single-use plastic items and replace them with reusable or 100% compostable alternatives. Our program is hands on and we work directly with every member. We recognise and promote members for their achievements. Those who complete all our identified actions become ‘Plastic Free Champions’ and receive additional benefits. Individuals can also sign up, support our business members and reduce their own plastic footprint.


This project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the Waste Levy. The project is run by Boomerang Alliance in partnership with the following organisations.