We can recycle heaps of stuff in Australia – aluminium cans, cardboard, plastic bottles, glass, hard plastic, paper. But did you know that you can recycle soft plastics at Coles supermarkets around Australia? All those plastic bags that won’t go into your recycling bin are now being turned into outdoor furniture, playgrounds and signs for communities and schools. How good is that?
You can pop any of the following plastics into a REDcycle bin in your local Coles, and they’ll be recycled:
Ten of the biggest Australian food companies, including Birdseye, Arnotts, Cadbury,Tip Top and Sunrice, have teamed up to take responsibility for their product packaging, and they’re covering the costs of collection and recycling of all these plastics.
In just six months from December 2012 to June 2013, consumers recycled more than 82 tonnes of soft plastic – that’s 20.5 million pieces of plastic!
All this plastic goes to Replas in Melbourne, who turn all these plastics into products as diverse as outdoor furniture, bollards, fencing and playgrounds. All their plastic waste is collected in Australia.
If you don’t have a REDcycle bin near you, you can even post it to:
Att: Plastic Packaging Recycling
80C Maffra Street
Coolaroo Vic 3048
For more information, have a look at this video from Replas on the ‘Pull Through Effect’ and have a look at the kinds of products that can be made from recycled plastics.
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