MAKE THE SWITCH

What is Make the Switch?

‘Make the Switch’ is a community project to reduce Byron’s plastic footprint through 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.

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.

Make the Switch is an initiative of Boomerang Alliance and Plastic Free Byron with funding provided by Byron Shire Council.