Soft Plastic Packaging Recycling at store

Soft Plastic Packaging Recycling at store

October 2015 saw the start of soft plastic packaging recycling at stores in New Zealand. 

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With few local authorities offering a kerbside recycling collection for plastic bags Foodstuffs, in partnership with other food manufacturers, retailers and packaging companies, has now started soft plastic packaging (including plastic bags) recycling back at store in all our Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown PAK’nSAVE and New World supermarkets.



The programme is coordinated by REDcycle and the Packaging Forum. It’s been hugely successful with over five tonnes a week being picked up from all locations. 

In 2018 the programme hopes to expand to the Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay and Manawatu regions. The aim is always to make the collection, transportation and reprocessing model financially sustainable, which is challenging when dealing with a material of zero value in monetary terms. All stores contribute to the collection fees, as do most brands who packaged their products in soft plastics. The programme hope to provide recycling facilities to 70% of the population of NZ by the end of 2017. 

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Minister for the Environment Nick Smith, 'doing his bit' at the Auckland launch event held at New World, Mt Roskill.


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You can take all your soft plastic packaging back to store and put them in our recycling bins.  The packaging is then collected, sorted and sent to reprocessors in Australia and New Zealand to make new things, like outdoor furniture, decking and more recycling bins.


For further information on the programme visit


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