The Love NZ Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme Lets New Zealanders
Recycle Plastic Bags and Wrappers

SOFT PLASTIC COLLECTIONS TO STOP DURING STAGE 4 COVID-19 RESPONSE

We want to let you know that we will suspend soft plastic collections during the Stage 4 COVID-19 response to allow stores to focus on supplying our communities.

Please do NOT drop off soft plastic bags or packaging until further notice. The collection bins will be removed.

Thanks to you, since we restarted collections in April 2019, over 15 million bags or wrappers – enough to fill an Olympic Sized swimming pool - have been turned into posts and other products here in New Zealand.

We will restart collections after the lock-down is over.

More than ever we recognise that packaging is there to protect and preserve our food and grocery products. We believe passionately in being able to offer Kiwis the opportunity to recycle their soft plastics.

If you store your soft plastics until the service restarts, please make sure that the plastic is empty, washed and dried. We do not recommend storing meat, poultry or dairy soft plastic packaging to prevent mould.

Stay safe. Kia Kaha

 

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 Love NZ Soft Plastics Recycling bins at supermarket and other stores

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 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 in Auckland, Northland, Waikato & Wellington regions.

The Soft Plastic Recycling bins are available for use at a number of Countdown, The Warehouse, and other locations. We'll be adding more regions during 2020 as processing capacity.

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

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Soft Plastics Recycling

Recycling soft plastic is something you can do.

The Love NZ 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 Love NZ Soft Plastics Recycling bins at supermarkets and other stores.

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

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