Something amazing happened recently that made my day. It was an email from a reader asking me to update this post on the soft-plastic recycling scheme by RED Group to include foil-type packaging. Allow me to explain why this caused me to dance around like a Brazilian soccer fan…
There are two heavily processed, overpackaged foods that my family simply cannot give up: corn thins and rice crackers, both of which come in that faux-foil stay-fresh packaging (the corn thins do the foil-bag-within-the-plastic-bag trick, terrible). These foilesque bits of trash are the only packaging you will find in the yoghurt pot we use for a bin, and despite being so very light, they have weighed heavily on my conscience.
So when Stefan so kindly emailed to tell me he’d been informed this type of packaging could be recycled by the REDcycle Program, I was thrilled. That email single-handedly reduced my waste-to-landfill by half!
I contacted RED Group to confirm and sure enough:
“Yes, the very thin layer of foil that some muesli bars, chips and crisp breads come in can go in the REDcycle drop-off bins at Coles supermarkets.”
If you have yet to discover the wonders of soft-plastic recycling, it goes like this: collect all those pasta packets, frozen veggie bags, dog food pouches, plastic bags, wraps and other soft plastic that usually fill your bin, take them to Coles supermarkets and stuff them into the REDcycle bins (which are usually green), and Melbourne-based recycling consultancy RED Group will turn them into playground equipment. It’s awesome on all levels.
One quick note: just because you are a recycling goddess (or god) and take all your plastics to Coles to be recycled, remember the huge amount of resources that go into these throw-away items, including water, petroleum, shipping resources, bulk packaging, manpower and so on, and stick to the first rule of eco-living: reduce!
If anyone knows how to make corn thins or rice crackers from scratch, I’m all ears!