The Packaging Forum’s Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme

In 2015, The Packaging Forum was awarded $700,930 from the Waste Minimisation Fund towards the Soft Plastics Recycling Project.

This scheme has now closed.

About the project

The Soft Plastic Recycling Project has introduced recycling bins, where people can return soft plastic, at New World, PAK’n SAVE, Countdown and The Warehouse stores around the country. This includes plastic shopping bags, bread bags and frozen food bags - basically anything made of plastic which can be scrunched into a ball.

The plastics are collected and transported to Australia where they are recycled into products such as park benches and fitness circuits for playgrounds. This arrangement is until we are able to do this in New Zealand.

Find out more

For more information see the Soft Plastics Recycling website.

Find out About the Waste Minimisation Fund.

For information on applying for funding see:

Key dates and how to apply to the Waste Minimisation Fund


Source: Packaging Forum

Photo of soft plastic recycling bin