How to recycle soft plastic

How to recycle soft plastic

Did you know that you can recycle soft plastics like plastic bags, bubble wrap and bread bags? 

While you can't add these to your recycling bin at home, it is SUPER simple to recycle them and keep them from landfill. 

Which soft plastics can I recycle?

It is gobsmacking the amount of soft plastics that you have in your home and throughout your groceries. Most of these can be added to a soft plastic recycle scheme and do not have to go in your regular rubbish bin.

Soft plastics that can be recycled include:

  •       Shopping bags
  •       Bread and cereal bags
  •       Packaging from outside of food packets.
  •       Plastic nappy packets.
  •       Bubble wrap
  •       Lolly bags, produce bags and plastic satchels.
  •       Newspaper wrappers and postal satchels.

Here's a handy guide to help

Soft plastics recycling guide

How do I recycle these plastics?

The easiest way to recycle these items is by collecting them up all in a bag and recycling them through the REDcycle program. Click here to add in your location and see the closest place to drop them off.

It's a super simple program that is accessible for everyone as most large supermarkets like Coles and Woolworths act as drop off points in the program.

What is the REDcycle program?

REDcycle is a program that has been set up to help reduce the amount of plastic waste that is going into landfill.

Participating stores, like most Coles and Woolworths, have a red sulo bin located near the front of the shop where you can drop your soft plastics into.

What happens to the plastic?

Once REDcycle collect the plastic, then they do a bit of processing of the plastic before delivering it to Australian manufacturer Replas.

Replas then uses the soft plastics in addition to other plastics and materials to create new products out of the recycled materials. These products can be outdoor furniture, bollards, fences. These pieces are Australian-made, environmentally friendly, cost effective and long lasting.

Furniture made from recycled soft plastics


Reducing the waste we create is key to keeping our world beautiful.

By limiting the amount of packaging and waste we have to get rid of, we can reduce our impact and reduce what ends up in landfill.

Recycling soft plastics is a fantastic option when there are no other packaging options available. Check out what can be recycled and start collecting to recycle your soft plastics on your next visit to the supermarket.

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