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On Thursday 26 May, Council was recognised at the Local Government Professionals Awards with a Highly Commended Award for Environmental Leadership. 

Council's Award submission entitled EmPOWERING a                                     Cli2022 Highly Commended.pngmate Resilient Community highlighted Council's leadership through: 

  • Short-term energy emission and water use targets;

  • Climate resilience;

  • Our electric vehicle network; and

  • Urban forest strategy/tree canopy tools. 

It's great to receive industry recognition for Lane Cove's leadership in this area – we know there's still plenty more work to be done in this area and we look forward to working with the community to deliver on this.


The countdown is on for the single use plastics ban

The NSW Government is banning certain single-use plastic items. This will prevent nearly 2.7 billion plastic items from entering the coastal, marine, and bushland environments of NSW over the next 20 years.

From the 1st of June 2022, the supply of lightweight shopping bags will be banned in NSW. From the 1st of November 2022, the supply of single-use plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, bowls, and plates and expanded polystyrene food service items will be banned in NSW. Council will be supporting businesses to prepare for these changes. In the meantime you can assist businesses by remembering your reusable coffee cup and bag whenever you're visiting your local café and shops.

Visit the NSW Governments website for more information.



Sustainable Lane Cove 

Take two minutes to watch this video where we share an important message about how you can help make a difference in the community by living more sustainably. You’ll also find out more about the emissions and water reduction targets for Lane Cove and the practical actions you can take to help.

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Climate Action Now event

Council and the Lane Cove Sustainability Action Group joined together to host the Climate Action Now event in October. It was an evening of conversation and interactive discussions with climate change experts Ian Dunlop and Glen Klatovsky as they ran through the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. Watch the recording to view the speakers, learn all about Council's sustainability programs and the Lane Cove Sustainability Action Group.


A new recycling initiative has been launched in Lane Cove…

Residents and businesses of Lane Cove are encouraged to ditch single-use take-away cups in a new program to help reduce the impact of single-use cups in the community.

Council has partnered with HuskeeSwap, an initiative which enables people to exchange their existing HuskeeCup and lid for a clean one when ordering their coffee or hot drink at participating Lane Cove cafes from March 2021.

To join the program, customers purchase their first cup and make an order. Upon ordering the second and subsequent hot drinks, the returned cup and lid is exchanged for a clean HuskeeCup.

The Good Design Award-winning cup is made from coffee husk, a waste material produced in the milling of coffee, which has good thermal properties to keep drinks warmer for longer and is dishwasher safe. Once the cup has reached the end of its life it is recyclable, making the whole process highly sustainable.

You can find out who is currently participating in the HuskeeSwap program in Lane Cove by viewing the online map

This program builds on previous initiatives run by Council to reduce single-use products, including items associated with food outlets and general shopping such as single–use plastic bags and plastic straws.

Do you love coffee? You may like to view our Lane Cove coffee guide at


Council sets ambitious energy emissions and water use targets

We are pleased to announce that on Monday 16 March 2020, Council passed a motion setting ambitious targets to reduce emissions and water use, both within Council operations, and across the LGA. Emissions and water reduction targets underpin the strategies which will guide Council on an emissions reduction pathway and focus on actions which increase climate change resilience.

The targets are:

• Achieve an 80% reduction in emissions by 2036 based on 2016/17 levels; and

• Achieve no net increase in water use by 2036 based on 16/17 levels.

To find out how Council will meet these targets visit Council's Emissions Reduction Pathway page.

TerraCycle Collection Point: Used coffee pod bin, oral care items bin and beauty products bin


Due to popular demand Council has expanded it's oral care TerraCycle collection point to include a Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee pod bin as well as a beauty product bin.
How and what can I recycle?
1. Used coffee pods, oral care items and beauty items including shampoo bottles, mascara tubes, foundation tubes and more. A full list of what can be recycled can be found on Council's Recycling page.
2. Bring these into Council's Civic Centre and separate into the three separately labelled bins
3. Council boxes up the items for TerraCycle who recycles them into items such as park benches.


Community 'Boomerang Bag' Sewing Group Wants You

Are you interested in joining other volunteers who get together to make re-useable bags using recycled materials? Young and old people alike are joining the Boomerang Bags revolution which is run by communities, for communities, sewing bags from recycled material to combat plastic pollution. Join the group on the third Thursday of the month at Stokes Street Meeting House, 23A Stokes St, Lane Cove North, from 10:30am - 2:30pm.

Can't sew? We still want you! We need people to sew, collect material, cut the material, print the Boomerang logo and more! If you're interested, get into contact with us by emailing or phone 9911 3507.


Lane Cove Locals Joining the Responsible Cafe Revolution

Lane Cove Sustainable Action Group (LCSAG) has been promoting the 'Responsible Cafes' program around the community to encourage the use of reusable coffee cups. 

Over one billion disposable cups go to landfill each year in Australia because a typical paper coffee cup also contains a percentage of plastic, making it non-recyclable.

LCSAG have received a positive response from the community with the following cafes signing onto the program to offer a discount to customers who order coffee in a reusable cup:

Oliver Brown

The Junction

Ground Cafe

Fourth Fish Cafe


Artisan Brooklyn

Bella Bacia

Lodge Tapas

Riverview Deli

Sweet Temptation

La Provence


Café Zivelli

Unwined Café Bar

Don't have a reusable cup yet? LCSAG regularly hold stalls in Lane Cove Plaza selling cups, but if you miss these, search online for a vast range.

OzHarvest in Lane Cove

Are you a local business with food waste at the end of the day? You could be supporting OzHarvest and reducing the amount of edible food going to landfill.

OzHarvest is an Australia-wide charity rescuing quality excess food from businesses which would otherwise be thrown away. This surplus food is redistributed at no cost, to different charitable organisations providing much needed assistance to those in need.

Lane Cove's Bagshare Program

The Bagshare scheme can be used through Coles at Lane Cove. Bagshare bins are located outside and below Coles, next to the reception desk at Council, at Agora Fruit Market Lane Cove West and at Greenwich Village Shopping Centre. Additionally, there are also bagshare bins at Woolworths on L1 and L2 of the car park within the Woolworths complex. More information can be found on the Woolworths website.

The bins are in continual need of bags.  If you have clean cloth bags to share, please drop them into the bagshare bins so the scheme can continue to make an impact in reducing the number of plastic bags in our community.  Lane Cove Sustainability Action Group are thankful to Coles for housing the bin, located outside their supermarket, at night to protect it from loss and damage.