Plasticwise Indigo

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Indigo Shire Council adopted a Plasticwise Policy in 2018.

The policy demonstrates Council’s leadership in sustainability by reducing, and eventually eliminating, single use plastic within Council operations and at all events. 

Supporting businesses to be plasticwise

We encourage and support all businesses, groups and individuals in the Shire to reduce their plastic waste too.

We've got FAQ's and other information to download in the related information section.

When purchasing items, ranging from toilet paper to road base, it is important to consider the environmental impacts of the product and attempt to make the most sustainable choice but, choosing a sustainable product can sometimes be confusing.

If you are a food business and would like to find out more about Plasticwise see our environmental health advice(PDF, 48KB).

Local takeaway outlets accept BYO containers


Beechworth Food Co-op

Beechworth Chinese restaurant

Beechworth Indian restaurant

Lemongrass Cafe

Goldfields Greengrocers

Beechworth Pantry

CC's Quality Meats


Chiltern Bakery

Chiltern Butchery


Grace's Place

Plasticwise community groups

Indigo Shire is home to a growing number of Plasticwise community groups.

Plasticwise is a grassroots community based movement focusing on reducing waste, particularly the amount of plastic ending up in landfill and our oceans.

Boomerang Bags

Boomerang Bags also have active chapters in Indigo Shire towns, and supply the community with reusable shopping bags, as well as various other plastic-free items for sale.

Learn more about Boomerang Bags

Soft plastic recycling

Soft plastics cannot currently be recycled in the yellow kerbside recycling bin and are a frequent contaminant in our waste stream.

Do you know your soft plastics from your hard plastics? Try the scrunch test: if you scrunch up the plastic in your hand and it keeps its shape, it’s hard plastic and can go in the yellow bin. If it stays scrunched when you let go, it’s soft plastic. Some examples of soft plastic includes:

  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Bin liners
  • Food packaging
  • Cling wrap