Sydney New Year's EveMidnight Fireworks on harbour bridge

At the City of Sydney, we uphold our status as Australia’s first carbon-neutral council by planning Sydney New Year’s Eve in a way that shows our commitment to creating a more sustainable Sydney. This 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.

For 2014 New Year’s Eve, we’ll conduct our usual assessment to calculate and offset the greenhouse gas emissions generated by the event. The greenhouse gas assessment measures all emission sources we can control for the event, and we address these through policy, technology choice or direct authority.

Sydney did not attain its status as one of the world’s most beautiful cities by chance. 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 New Year’s Eve unfold in this unique timelapse film where a sea of rubbish is swept away by the unsung heroes of our famed annual party.