Recycling soft plastics – avoiding land fill

Do you cringe everytime you dispose of another empty frozen berry bag in the bin? Have you considered shopping at a whole foods place where you bring your own containers but yet to try it? Gold star for those who do take the extra step and reuse containers (you are my heroes) but for those who are yet to take that plunge, there is another option for recycling soft plastics.

That option, for those of us in the lucky country, is the Redcycle bins located at most major supermarkets.

It is a cunning and fitting solution as it is the retail shops who are providing consumers with the soft plastic waste left over from the packaging. Waste which is not permitted in household recycling bins.

Supermarket Recycling Soft Plastic Bins

Allowable soft plastic aka “scrunchable” waste includes:

  • Bread bags
  • Frozen food bags
  • Paper goods packaging
  • Plastic bags
  • Green shopping bags
  • Biscuit wrappers
  • Cereal box liners
  • Etc

All the consumer needs to do for recycling soft plastics is:

  1. Collect the soft plastic waste in an old box, bag or bin.
  2. Place the collected waste in the Redcycle bin during your regular shop.


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