The Packaging Forum's Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme Lets New Zealanders Recycle Plastic Bags and Wrappers


We will be restarting collections from stores outside of Auckland. There may be some delay to bins being re-introduced so please be patient! We know people have been storing their soft plastics so please make sure the bags you drop off are clean and dry and don't leave bags next to the bins. If the bin is full, please take them home with you and drop them off on your next visit. Thanks everyone for your support.

Please note we do NOT accept face masks or disposable gloves in our recycling bins. 

What Do You Need To Do to Recycle Soft Plastic Packaging?

Collect all the soft plastic packaging which you use at home, make sure the bags are clean, empty and dry and drop them into the Soft Plastics Recycling bins at supermarket and other stores.

Please remember we only accept clean, dry and empty soft plastic bags and packaging. Food scraps and liquid will contaminate all the other bags in the bin.  Hard plastic and metal objects will damage our processing plant.  We do NOT accept compostable plastic bags or plant based plastics. Thank you for your support.

Can plastic bags and wrappers be recycled?

We take all soft plastic bags including bread bags, frozen food bags, toilet paper packaging, confectionery and biscuit wrap, chip bags, pasta and rice bags, courier envelopes, sanitary hygiene packaging, squeeze pouches, dry pet food bags, lightly foiled coffee and tea bags, garden and compost bags and basically anything made of soft plastic which can be scrunched into a ball.
More and more brands are now putting our soft plastic recycle at store logo on their packaging to help you know what can be recycled.

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Where can I recycle soft plastic packaging?

Customers should bring their used soft plastics back to store and put them in the soft plastics recycling bin. 

The soft plastics that you dropped off are made into a range of plastic products which are on sale in New Zealand.

Thank you for being such loyal supporters of soft plastic recycling!


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Soft Plastic Recycling Collections

The Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme is now collecting from selected stores around North Island.

The Soft Plastic Recycling bins are available for use at a number of Countdown, The Warehouse, New World, Pak'nSave and other locations. We'll be adding more regions during 2021. 

We’ve been extremely encouraged by Kiwis’ commitment to recycling their soft plastics.

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Soft Plastic Recycling

Recycling soft plastic is something you can do.

The Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme website tells you all about plastic bag recycling and plastic wrap recycling, and how to recycle grocery bags and how to recycle bubble wrap.

What do you need to do? Collect all the soft plastic packaging which you use at home, make sure the bags are clean, empty and dry and drop them into the Soft Plastics Recycling bins at supermarkets and other stores.

Look out for the green and white soft plastic recycling bin.

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