The Love NZ Soft Plastic Recycling programme has been suspended from 31 December 2018 until April 2019 in order to build up recycling capacity. In order to fulfil its recycling needs, the Packaging Forum, which facilitate the soft plastic recycling programme and local businesses are building facilities in New Zealand during the suspension period. In the meantime, all soft plastics should go in your rubbish bin. For more details, please see the official statement by the Package Forum.(external link)
Did you know that soft plastics such as supermarket bags and biscuit wrappers can’t go in your yellow bin? Unfortunately compostable bags, cling film and heavy foiled bags can’t be recycled in these bins so these will need to be put into your red bin.
Why can’t you put them in the yellow bin?
Soft plastic packaging is not collected for recycling by councils because it can contaminate the recycling process.
New Zealanders use over 1.6 billion plastic bags in the home every year. The project is supported by major brands(external link) and if one of your favourite brands isn’t on board, let them know. We can only provide this recycling service because brands help pay for the collection, processing and recycling costs.
There actually isn’t any value in soft plastics – it's not like other recyclables like glass and aluminium - so we have to pay to have it recycled. That’s why we need to have manufacturers and big brands contributing to the costs of recycling this soft plastic.