Some of you have been asking about the Coles soft-plastic recycling program (which you can read about here) and what can and can’t go in the box. I contacted RedGroup and have listed some answers below. I’d love to find out even more, so if you have any questions about how it works or what can be recycled, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.
What can I recycle?
The rule of thumb is this: if you can scrunch it in your hands, it can go in the collection boxes found at most Coles supermarkets. That means pasta packets, frozen-pea bags, the outer wrap on toys and clothing, that kind of thing. Bear in mind that some of these plastics now bear the recycling symbol, so check first. If it doesn’t have a number that your council collects, you can take it up to Coles and REDcycle will sort it out to be make into playground furniture. Awesome.
Plastic that you can’t scrunch up generally goes in your kerbside recycling bin.
What about foil chip packets? [UPDATED] The inner bag of things like corn/rice thins and boxed savoury biscuits, and the outer packaging of rice crackers, such as Sakata, or chips CAN be recycled by the REDcycle Program so do take them along with your clear plastics.
Can I recycle resealable packaging?
Plastic cereal or rice bags that come with a handy (in my opinion wasteful) ziplock seal that never works that well CAN be recycled through the Coles/REDcycle program. You can also put plastic wraps with paper labels attached in the bins.
Can I recycle baby food pouches?
I contacted Rafferty’s Garden about this and they said both the spout and the plastic is recyclable, but you’ll need to separate them first and check that your council recycles some soft plastics. I snip the spout out of squeezey yoghurts or baby foods, and throw it in the kerbside box, the pouch itself goes into the bag to take up to Coles.
How can I recycle plastic shopping bags?
Take them to Coles! REDcycle will accept the thick “green bags” or single-use bags that I know you don’t use :)
The picture above is one month’s worth of plastic packaging that my family diverted from landfill. When I took it up to my local Coles people stopped and stared as Alfie and I stuffed it into the bin. The bin was located right next to the busiest checkout, so hopefully a few people thought twice about recycling plastic that night.
If you have any further questions, please let me know and I’ll report back. The success of this program really comes down to us as consumers, so use it and use it well!