Soft Plastic Recycling Australia: Reuse Recover Rethink

The best way of recycling plastic is to have not used it in the first place. 🙂

However while it remains part of everyday life we should try to recycle as much of it as we can.

In Australia we can’t put soft plastic bags, wraps, packaging etc in our council waste bins. I thought they couldn’t be recycled at all.

Turns out they tend to jam the machinery we use here and they get removed from the line during the sorting step. Destination? Landfill.

So what can we do?

I try to reuse my plastic bags at least once. I wash and dry them if required.


I collect soft packaging in box that I keep in my shed and then I visit my local Coles Supermarket.


Many Coles Supermarkets are collection points for the REDcycle program.   They recycle soft plastic and make it available for the manufacturing of park benches, decking, bollards, signs, exercise equipment and the like.


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I think it is a great start,


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