Soft Plastics recycling is a less commonly applied form of recycling but the truth is it’s really easy. Recycling soft plastics actually has benefits not just for the environment but for you too! You’ll suddenly find a whole lot more room in your red bin and you’ll become much more aware of how much plastic we use on the reg, perhaps even implementing strategies to start reducing that consumption (here are some examples of how to do that that we prepared earlier.. :p).
In summary, the easiest way to know whether or not to recycle a soft plastic is to do the SCRUNCH TEST! If it can be scrunched, it can be recycled in a REDcycle bin.
What can you put into the REDcycle bins?
What can’t you put into the REDcycle bins?
Many of these NO items can be recycled in your regular yellow bin such as strawberry punnet containers, bottles, tin cans, plastic containers to name a few. Simply check for the correct recycling symbols on these plastics before putting in your yellow recycling bin.
Where are REDcycle bins?
Most Woolworths & Coles will have a REDcycle bin near the front of the store. The ones we have personally used so we know they exist are:
- Woolworths Marsfield
- Coles Epping
- Woolworths Top Ryde
- Coles Top Ryde
- Coles Macquarie Centre
- Woolworths Macquarie Centre
- Coles Rhodes Waterside
This screenshot map outlines the REDcycle bins in our area. You can click here to enter your suburb to find the nearest one to you.
Do it at your workplace
Download this poster from REDcycle. put it on top of a bin and ask your colleagues to put all the YES items inside the bin. Then once a week a member of the team can drop to a supermarket. The beauty is because they are dry items, they don’t smell in your car so if you forgot for a week or two in your boot it doesn’t matter!
Be part of the solution
Once you’re at the point where you’re horrified by how much plastic you’re collecting, you may feel the urge to start making some noise. One idea is to contact the business you are shopping to provide feedback. The more pressure the better!
Here are two great articles on our website about reducing our impact on the planet:
- 10 Ways to Reinvigorate your ‘Reduce-Reuse-Recycle’ Thinking
If you’d like to read more about soft plastic recycling, visit Recycle’s website. A lot of information/images in this article has been taken from the REDcycle website.