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Eco Tip - Recycle Soft Plastics at Coles Supermarkets in Australia

We can recycle heaps of stuff in Australia - aluminium cans, cardboard, plastic bottles, glass, hard plastic, paper. But did you know that you can recycle soft plastics at Coles supermarkets around Australia? All those plastic bags that won't go into your recycling bin are now being turned into outdoor furniture, playgrounds and signs for communities and schools. How good is that? You can pop any of the following plastics into a REDcycle bin in your local Coles, and they'll be recycled:
  • plastic shopping bags
  • bread bags
  • frozen food bags
  • rice and pasta bags
  • biscuit wrappers
  • lolly packets
  • cereal box liners
  • fruit and vegetable bags
  • old green bags
  • newspaper and magazine wrappers
  • any soft and flexible plastics that you can scrunch up in your hand!
  • There are REDcycle bins in over 470 Coles supermarkets throughout Australia. See the list of Coles supermarkets with REDcycle bins here:
Recycling soft plastics at Coles Supermarkets
Ten of the biggest Australian food companies, including Birdseye, Arnotts, Cadbury,Tip Top and Sunrice, have teamed up to take responsibility for their product packaging, and they're covering the costs of collection and recycling of all these plastics. In just six months from December 2012 to June 2013, consumers recycled more than 82 tonnes of soft plastic – that’s 20.5 million pieces of plastic! All this plastic goes to Replas in Melbourne, who turn all these plastics into products as diverse as outdoor furniture, bollards, fencing and playgrounds. All their plastic waste is collected in Australia. If you don't have a REDcycle bin near you, you can even post it to: RED Group Att: Plastic Packaging Recycling 80C Maffra Street Coolaroo Vic 3048 For more information, have a look at this video from Replas on the 'Pull Through Effect' and have a look at the kinds of products that can be made from recycled plastics.
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