You might have heard in the media that REDcycle, Australia’s largest plastic bag recycling program, has suspended its operations permanently. This was the program where you could return your soft plastics to a supermarket thinking it was being repurposed into street furniture, roads and bollards. It seems that the companies that recycled the soft plastics haven’t been able to keep up with the massive oversupply and this has resulted in warehouses being stockpiled with enormous amounts of soft plastics because there’s nothing that can be done with it.
Whilst we’re not into soft plastics, we knew this program was important because it dealt with what was already in circulation and so we are really sorry to see that this has happened and we’re concerned about what will happen to the massive amounts that have been stockpiled. But, we’re also worried because most households across Australia now don’t have anywhere to send their soft plastics that are even remotely sustainable.
When you shop with us, you automatically stop harmful household plastics circulating in your local community.
At home, unless you’re nearby to a local waste transfer facility that manages soft plastic, your only option for disposing of it is to put it in the rubbish bin and send it to landfill. Whatever you do, don’t put it in the recycling bin. Soft plastics can’t be recycled in the same way that hard plastics can and combining the two in the recycling bin will only cause problems down the line. Just about the only place where soft plastics can go now is into your household rubbish bin and then into landfill where it will almost never break down.
Or, you can stop plastic before it even starts!
Think about the easy things that you can do to stop soft plastics even entering your home. If you make small changes to your every day routine, soft plastics won’t even be needed. This means that less will get manufactured and it won’t end up stockpiled or in landfill.
Next time you go shopping, ask yourself, “How would my great grandparents have bought this?” There was never plastic around in their day and yet they managed to get their pantry staples, fruit and veg, meat and other ingredients home. Perhaps that’s why they were called ‘the good ol’ days’.
Will our great grandkids be able to look back at us and think that we lived in the good ol’ days? We hope so. We can still make that happen.
Don’t wait for recycling companies to clean up your plastic.
Stop plastic before it starts.