Shellharbour City Council's waste management team is encouraging the community to reduce the number of plastic bags it uses as part of Plastic Free July.
Over the next two weeks, council staff will be handing out free Onya bags containing five mesh bags for fruit and vegetable packing at shopping centres in Shellharbour City.
The team will visit Stockland Shellharbour, Warilla Grove and Albion Park Woolworths to distribute the Onya bags.
Reusable bamboo shopping bags will be used as part of giveaways to promote simple ways to cut down on plastics.
"Plastic bags are harmful to the environment, native animals and birdlife and take decades to break down in landfill," Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said.
"To ensure these bags are treated as valuable commodities, people are encouraged to reuse them multiple times before disposing of them."
Last week, moves to make The Waterfront, Shell Cove a plastic bag-free community were endorsed by Shellharbour councillors.
Councillors unanimously backed a motion by Cr Peter Moran asking staff to prepare a report on ways to make the precinct plastic bag free.