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Swap and go Northern Beaches

We love the Northern Beaches and we love our cafes.  To look after both, the Northern beaches are moving away from single-use coffee cups and embracing the circular economy with ‘swap and go’ coffee cup systems.

These systems enable customers to take their empty swap cup to their participating café and purchase a coffee in a clean swap cup.

The ‘swap and go’ systems are a great solution to reducing our reliance on disposable coffee cups. Customers drop off their empty swap cup at any participating café, then when purchasing a coffee, it’s served in a new and clean swap cup. There are also options if customers forget to bring their swap cup, which makes it easier to create a new habit over time.

As part of the Swap for Good program, the registered cafes from Manly to Elanora Heights received free stock of the reusable ‘swap and go’ systems from Northern Beaches Council to help them reduce their use of disposable coffee cups in a COVID-safe way

Over 450 ‘swap and go’ cups have been delivered to the first 20 cafes signed up to the Northern Beaches Council’s swap for Good coffee cup swap program.

With so many cafes now offering these swap cup systems, it’s a great time for the community to embrace this circular economy initiative, designed to reduce waste and costs for local businesses. Urge your favourite café to join the Swap for Good program today!

How to get involved

Cafe Northern Beaches

  1. As each system is different, research each system by reading the swap and go information sheet.  You can see the specific details of our support for Green CaffeenHuskee SwapReturnr and Claycups .
  2. When you are ready to move forward, apply for the program by completing the expression of interest form.
  3. Include your preferred choice of system in the EOI.

If you’re a local café owner who would like to get started with a ‘swap and go’ reusable cup system, register now. Round one of the program booked out but round two is now open so get in quick before all swap cups have been allocated.

You can watch our webinar  recording to hear from Council’s Waste Educators, Environmental Health Officers and the panel of ‘swap and go’ providers.

Swap and Go Cafes on the Northern Beaches

Swap and Go on the Beaches
Espresso Coffee, Seaforth using their new swap cups




Dee Why


Mona Vale


Elanora Heights


Curl Curl



Frenches Forest



Bilgola Plateau


For more information head to the Northern Beaches council website