15 February 2021
Christchurch residents can once again recycle their soft plastic packaging at participating stores across the City.
The distinctive recycling bins have returned to Countdown stores at Church Corner, Colombo Street, Hornby and Moorhouse and The Warehouse stores in Belfast, Barrington Mall, Eastgate, Hornby, Northlands Shopping Centre, Riccarton, and South City. More locations including New World stores will join the programme over the coming weeks.
Lyn Mayes, Scheme Manager says:
Countdown’s Church Corner Store Manager Christian Piggot says:
Goodman Fielder, a founding member of the Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme, will transport the collected bales of soft plastic back to Auckland. Bernard Duignan, CEO Goodman Fielder comments:
The soft plastic collected in Christchurch will be recycled at Future Post’s plant in Waiuku, South Auckland.
Jerome Wenzlick, Founder of Future Post says that the partnership with the Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme benefits everyone:
The Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme has over 100 members representing around 75% of post-consumer soft plastic materials consumed annually. The scheme pays for the costs of collection through to processing.
This recycling service is 100% funded by industry members of the voluntary product stewardship scheme and with over 120 drop off points is now available to two thirds of New Zealanders.
“The return of the scheme to Christchurch is a testament to the dedication of our members and our team to work through challenges and deliver industry led solutions,” says The Packaging Forum CEO Rob Langford. “It’s a great example of how industry can voluntarily collaborate and succeed in its responsibility to deal with the end-of-life recovery for packaging.”
The Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme is a voluntary product stewardship scheme operated by The Packaging Forum, a member-based organisation dedicated to packaging sustainability. The scheme has been operating since 2015 and is 100% funded by its industry members to capture soft plastic packaging for recycling into new products. The Packaging Forum also operates the Glass Packaging Forum and technical advisory groups.