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Soft plastic packaging recycling program
There is some great news for soft plastic packaging - it can now be recycled for free at selected Coles supermarkets thanks to the REDcycle program.
You can collect and then dispose of most unwanted soft plastic packaging - this includes:
- Bread bags
- Biscuit packets
- Frozen food bags
- Rice and pasta bags
- Confectionery packets
- Newspaper wrap
- Plastic shopping baga
- Old green bags.
So begin recycling your soft plastic packaging: It is as easy as 1, 2, 3 -
1. Collect the packaging
2. Take the packaging to Coles and drop into the allcoated bin - find your nerarest store using the REDcycle program store locator and
3. Replas will recycle the soft plastic into furniture for schools and the community.
The REDcycle program, is being offered by the Red Group in partnership with Coles and has been set up as a product stewardship scheme involving 10 of the biggest food companies in Australia. These companies are taking responsibility for their product packaging, and covering the costs of the collection and recycling of the soft plastics.
The program is aimed at collecting the soft plastics you can't put in your kerbside recycling bin. The processed materials will be converted into outdoor furniture and signage for schools and communities by program partner Replas.
Keep in mind however the the best option is to avoid or reduce the use of soft plastic packaging such as plastic bags if possible. Plastic bags can be avoided by uising alternatives such as cardboard boxes, reusable bags or compostable shopping bags. Planet Ark offers lots of tips on how to avoid using plastic bags. Other soft plastic packaging such as confectionary packets and rice and pasta bags can be reduced by buying these items in bulk rather than as small or individual packet items.
Next page: RECYCLING AT THE BOTANIC GARDENS - - Updated on: Wednesday 03-Apr-13