We know the world has a plastic problem. There’s simply too much of it!
Recycling is imperative to minimising plastic waste. And we’ve come a long way in household recycling. But many of our plastics still don’t manage to make it into the recycling system.
So the key is: know your plastics. This way you’ll know how to recycle them. Simple.
Not long ago, all soft plastic bags would just go in your rubbish bin, destined for landfill. But now, there’s a recycling option. But first, we need to identify soft plastics so we can put them aside.
Soft plastics are all the plastics you can scrunch easily in your hand. Think:
There’s also a big list of plastics that aren’t classed as soft. It’s wise to check.
Did you know: the average Australian uses 130kg of plastic a year? That’s equivalent to the weight of one and a half fully grown men! It’s incredibly hard for us to avoid plastic. That’s why recycling is important.
But how effective are our recycling habits? Would you believe, only 9% of the average personal plastic use is recycled.
Even with our recycling efforts, the majority of it ends up in landfill and as ocean waste. Needless to say, there’s room for improvement! And REDcycle is here to make it easy.
The REDcycle Program is an initiative combating soft plastic. Through REDcycle, we can prevent our household plastic waste from reaching landfills. Here’s how:
Collect – Gather all your soft plastics
Drop – Drop them off at collection bins in Coles and Woolworths.
Recycle – Your plastics are turned into products like furniture, bollards and signage.
We’re all familiar with using curb-side recycle bins. Now we just need to train our brains to put soft plastics aside too. Find a spot in your kitchen – that’s where the most soft plastic waste is created – and hang a bag to fill with other bags! When the bag is full put it in your green bag stash, ready to take to the supermarket.
Before you know it, the new habit will kick in and the thought of putting soft plastics in the normal bin will be unnerving!
And that’s the sign of a healthy and established habit.
What have you done about your soft plastics? We’d love to hear.