Recycle plastic bags and soft, flexible plastic packaging
You can recycle soft plastic packaging
You can put plastic shopping bags and other flexible (soft) plastic packaging in your recycling bin.
These must be bundled in a tied plastic bag. Don’t place them loose in the recycling bin!
Soft plastics you can recycle
- Plastic shopping bags.
- Plastic packaging from groceries including bread, rice, pasta, toilet paper and frozen foods.
- Cereal bags or biscuit packaging.
- Clean cling wrap and freezer bags.
- Plastic wrapping from appliances.
- Plastic postal bags and document sleeves.
- Bubble wrap.
You can't recycle
- Silver-lined packaging such as chocolate bar and ice-cream wrappers.
Rules for recycling your soft plastics
- Make sure bags and packaging are clean and free of food residue and have no loose items in them, such as receipts.
- Bundle the bags and packaging in a supermarket shopping bag. They must be contained in a plastic bag. When the bag is full, tie it and place it into your recycling bin.
Continue to place your other recyclable, rigid plastics loose in your recycling bin.
What happens to the plastic bags and packaging we collect?
All of our recycling goes to SKM Recycling, Australia’s largest recycling sorting facility. The flexible plastics are sorted, compacted, baled and sent to a plastic recycler either locally or overseas.
Who funds the plastic packaging recycling service?
Our contribution has been minimal and long-term savings are expected as less waste will go to landfiill.
The Victorian Government has contributed to the project through the Metropolitan Local Government Waste and Resource Recovery Fund. The Australian Packaging Covenant and SKM Recycling have helped fund optical sorting equipment at their sorting facility.