New Year’s Eve is a time to think about our future and take action against climate change. In 2008, the City of Sydney became Australia’s first carbon-neutral council and continues to plan Sydney New Year’s Eve as part of our commitment to creating a more sustainable Sydney.

A carbon-neutral Sydney New Year’s Eve is achieved by:

  • Buying carbon credits to offset emissions from the event;
  • Recycling approximately 80 per cent of all rubbish collected (about 20 per cent is non-recyclable waste);
  • Using recycled water to clean the streets;
  • Re-using props and scenic elements;
  • Encouraging everyone to take public transport or walk to events and leave the car at home; and
  • Measuring the impact of Sydney New Year’s Eve.

The City of Sydney will again be conducting an assessment to calculate and offset the greenhouse gas emissions generated by Sydney New Year’s Eve, to ensure the event is carbon neutral. The greenhouse gas assessment will measure all emission sources the City of Sydney can control for the event through policy, technology choice or direct authority.

Watch how the City’s Zero Waste team maintain our beautiful city on one of the biggest nights of the year!

It is not by chance that Sydney is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. The City of Sydney employs around 250 staff in its Cleansing and Waste team, all of whom are dedicated to the continuous task of keeping our city looking its sparkling best. Watch the night unfold in this unique timelapse film where a sea of rubbish is swept away, and spare a thought for the unsung heroes of our annual party.