Hello hello hello!! Happy New Year! (a little late, I know). One of my big new years resolutions (or goals really, or rather things I’m focusing more on this year) is to start recycling the soft plastics my family and I use.
I had no idea that you could actually recycle soft plastics until recently, when I saw a post from @simpleishliving on Instagram showing her year’s worth of plastics all washed, dried, packed and ready for her to recycle. I was so inspired to do the same, as I’ve really been trying to reduce the amount of plastic I use, and even buy, when purchasing foods (opting for produce not packed in plastic, etc.), and it’s been something I’ve really been hesitant about when it comes to throwing plastic away as it does end up in landfill, or worse in our oceans, waterways, and ecosystems where micro plastics, pollution and other issues occur. So! When I heard about places that took in soft plastics to recycle I was over the moon and started collecting, washing, and drying out all the plastics I could so they’re all ready to go for when I take them to the recycling facilities.
Where To Take Your Soft Plastics To Be Recycled
Now, you may be thinking, “Well, where do you take them to be recycled?” Great question! Glad you asked. 😉 In Australia, there are a few different places that will accept soft plastics for recycling. REDcycle are one of the biggest companies at the moment that will take your soft plastics for recycling, and you can often find their drop-off bins at big Aussies supermarkets like Coles and Woolworths. However, if you visit their site, you can locate the nearest REDcycle drop-off point near you to take your plastics to, as well as view a list of what plastics are accepted, and what aren’t (in case you weren’t sure of what would be taken as recyclable).
A REDcycle bin located at a Coles supermarket.
What Can And Can’t Be Recycled
This list can be viewed on the REDcycle website (you can also print it off there too – which is what I did, and then stuck it to my fridge so I could constantly refer to it when recycling the plastics we used), but I’ll share it below too to give you an idea of soft plastics that can and can’t be recycled (yet).