Soft plastics can be defined as a plastic that can be scrunched into a ball or you can easily push your finger through the plastic. For example, plastic shopping bags, glad wrap, cling wrap, bubble wrap, plastic wrap, courier satchels, frozen food bags, chips bags and chocolate packets.
Soft plastics cannot be placed in the kerbside recycling bin as they will get caught up in the recycling machinery and impact the recycling process. There are two specific recycling streams that can be used to recycle soft plastics.
1. Community Recycling Centre
2. REDcycle collection points
Soft plastics that are clear, can be dropped off at the Community Recycling Centre for free recycling, including clear plastic bags, clear produce bags, clear pallet wrap, clear bubble wrap and cling wrap and zip lock bags.
Soft plastics are collected by The Flagstaff Group and recycled into new plastic products.
A range of soft plastics can be taken to REDcycle collection points located at local supermarkets, including;
- Biscuit and confectionary packets
- Fresh fruit and vegetable bags
- Rice and pasta packets and frozen food bags
- Newspaper and magazine wrap
- Unwanted/broken reusable shopping bags (e.g. "Green" bags)
- Single-use plastic shopping bags
For more information on what can be recycled, check out the REDcycle website.
Redcycle Poster(PDF, 2MB)
Local collection points in the Southern Highlands are:
Look for the special recycling bins at the front of the store
Soft plastics collected through REDcycle are processed and sent to Replas, who recycled soft plastics into a range of outdoor products.