REDcycle and soft plastics

Soft plastics are those that can be scrunched into a ball and are among one of the biggest problems in kerbside recycling.

Soft plastics can be recycled at many major supermarkets through a free program known as REDcycle.  REDcycle has partnered with Coles and Woolworths supermarkets to set up collection bins in stores across most metro areas of Australia.  The cost of collecting and processing the material is covered by many of Australia’s best-known manufacturers.  The plastic is made into furniture for schools and kindergartens among other things.

Types of plastics that can be recycled through REDcycle:

  • plastic shopping bags
  • bread, rice, pasta, lolly and cereal bags
  • biscuit packs (but not the trays)
  • frozen food bags
  • bubble wrap
  • fruit and veg bags and netting
  • toilet paper packaging and similar product packaging
  • old green bags (and other re-usable bags)

Please make sure your plastic is dry and as empty as possible for recycling.