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Keeping Plastic Bags Out of Kerbside: Scrunch and Recycle

Date: 25-Nov-16
Author: Brad Gray

Soft plastics should stay out of kerbside and taken to Coles. © Planet Ark

Soft plastics should stay out of kerbside and taken to Coles.

Soft plastics, the kind that can be scrunched into a ball, are among the biggest problems in the kerbside recycling system. In fact 8 out of 10 councils consider them the number one problem as they get caught in the recycling machinery.*

The good news is these plastics can be recycled at many supermarkets. The bad news, as revealed in research done for Recycling Week, is that only 22% of people know about the program!

This free program is made possible through RedCycle, which has worked with Coles and Woolworths/Safeway Supermarkets to set up collection bins in stores across most of metro-Australia. The cost of collecting and processing the material is covered by many of Australia’s best-known manufacturers (including the Planet Ark Endorsed Naturale Toilet Tissue.)

The plastic is made into furniture for schools and kindergartens among other things. (If there isn't a store near you, you can post your soft plastics to: RED Group, Attn: Plastic packaging recycling, 38 Chelmsford Street Williamstown North VIC 3016.)

What You Can Recycle

A good way to remember to recycle these plastics is to put them straight into your reusable shopping bag. You can recycle

  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Bread, rice and pasta bags
  • Biscuit packs (not trays) 
  • Frozen food bags
  • Confectionery (lollie) packets
  • Newspaper wrap
  • Bubble wrap 
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Old green (and other re-usable) bags

*There are a handful of councils that can accept bags and soft plastic in the recycling: Lismore, Ballina, Moreland, Cockburn, Vincent, City of Fremantle, Town of East Fremantle, Kwinana, Melville, Subiaco and City of Perth.

Use the locator to find the best place for your soft plastics - not your kerbside bin.

Brad                                              Gray

Author: Brad Gray

Brad is Planet Ark's Head of Campaigns. He trained and worked as a history and geography teacher before moving into the health education sector for 14 years. With a strong passion for human environments, Brad started with Planet Ark in 2007 as Recycling Programs Manager before taking up the role of Head of Campaigns in 2010. Brad works with every team in the organisation to create positive and action-based programs designed to engage Australians with the environment.

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