Scrunch and Recycle
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