A new initiative to introduce recycling bins so shoppers can take back their used soft plastic bags to supermarkets and retail premises

Last year Kiwis dropped off over 100 Tonnes of soft plastic bags for recycling.
That’s a massive 25 million bags.

Note for Schools and Tertiary Education

We know a lot of schools and tertiary education centres would like to be part of the Soft Plastics programme. We are working hard to expand the programme nationally and so we are focused at the moment on our partnerships with supermarkets and retailers.   You can get involved by recommending to your students that they drop off their soft plastic bags and packaging at their local store. You can find your local store on our store locator.

Soft Plastics Recycling 

The Love NZ Soft Plastics Programme is about informing New Zealanders about how to keep plastic bags and packaging out of landfill. Collect all the soft plastics which you use at home, make sure the bags are empty and dry and drop them into the Love NZ Soft Plastics Recycling bins at participating stores.

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The project is supported by major brands including Asaleo Care, Ceres Organics, Coca Cola Amatil, Cottonsoft, Fonterra, Frucor,  George Weston Foods, Goodman Fielder, Griffins, Hubbards, Kathmandu, Kelloggs, Kimberly-Clark, Lululemon, Mars, Mother Earth, Mondelez (Cadbury), Nestle,  New Zealand Post, Pams, Pure Delish, Simplot (Birds Eye), Spicers, SunRice and Wrigleys; Amcor Flexibles, Astron, Coveris, Snell Packaging & Safety with many others committed to joining the programme.  

Soft plastic bags are not currently collected for recycling by councils because they can contaminate the recycling process. New Zealanders use over 1.6 billion plastic bags in the home every year. 

The project takes 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, shopping bags, sanitary hygiene packaging - basically anything made of plastic which can be scrunched into a ball.

Customers can bring their used soft plastics back to store and put them in the recycling bin. Bags are collected from store by REDcycle who also run the programme in Australia.



Recycling Soft Plastics into Everyday Objects

Initially the materials will be sent back to Australia where they are made into park benches and fitness circuits for playgrounds until there are facilities in NZ  that can process these products.

Buy Furniture made from Recycled Plastic Bags!

We are now offering products made from recycled soft plastic for sale. See our Products Page. 


Soft Plastics Launch

Minister for the Environment Dr Nick Smith launched the new soft plastics recycling programme at New World, Mount Roskill. Take a look at the video to see what you can now recycle and where.

Remember the key message is Collect (your soft plastic packaging); Drop (at participating stores) and Recycle. It’s as easy as that...and according to a TV3 Breakfast poll 78% people say they will recycle their soft plastic.


Replas explains the Soft Plastics recycling process