Plastic Bag Recycling September 09 2016 1 Comment

Did you know that over 7000 plastic bags go into landfill EVERY MINUTE in Australia alone…? It’s a terrifying thought.
However, we have good news, it seems that it is now possible to recycle almost EVERYTHING!
How exciting!!!!
So, we’ve been composting & using our standard recycling bins for a long while now and finding out that we can recycle soft plastics has made us feel so much better.
Redcycle has collection bins at most Coles & Woolworths (even if you go there for no other reason, it’s worth the trip).
 
Redcycle is the collection program, that is then delivered to Replas who recycle the plastic into durable & usable products like kids play area furniture, thus helping to close the loop. Hooray!
Which plastics does Recycle collect?
Here’s the general rule:
If the plastic can be scrunched up into a ball, put it in a REDcycle collection bin.
Acceptable examples:
  • Bread, pasta and rice bags
  • Cereal box liners
  • Biscuit packets
  • Frozen food bags
  • Ice cream wrappers
  • Squeeze pouches
  • Plastic sachets
  • Bubble wrap
  • Cling wrap
  • Chocolate and muesli bar wrappers
  • Silver-lined chip and cracker packets
  • Confectionery bags
  • Fresh produce bags
  • Netting citrus bags
  • Polypropylene bags
  • Plastic film from grocery items like nappies and toilet paper
  • Courier satchels
  • Newspaper and magazine wrap
  • Sturdy pet food bags
  • Plastic bags from boutique/department stores
  • Old Green reusable shopping bags
  • Large sheets of plastic that furniture comes wrapped in (cut into pieces the size of an A3 sheet of paper first)
 
Where can I find them?
At most Coles & Woolworths Supermarkets
For more info on collection go to: www.redcycle.net.au
For more info on the recycling process go to: www.replas.com.au
 
This is WONDERFUL but it doesn’t take away our responsibility to purchase less & less plastic to start with… Just consider that every plastic toothbrush you’ve ever owned is still floating around the planet somewhere, it makes you think – it’s time for us all to stand up & make better choices for our planet. It’s not always easy though given we live in this fast paced world of convenience, so for the pesky bits of plastic we’ve not yet managed to avoid in our lives, there is now a better solution.
How fantastic it is that more & more people are working together to make a difference & helping each other to make it easier to do so. If you don’t feel you’ve yet played a part, there’s no time like the present… It’s all of our small, individual choices that will make the biggest long term impact.