Soft Plastics

Soft plastics take-back scheme returns to Christchurch

Christchurch residents can once again take their soft plastic packaging back to participating supermarkets and stores across Christchurch.

The soft plastic take-back scheme that was based in supermarkets and The Warehouse was temporarily put on hold for two years.

Read the Press Release - Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme Returns to Christchurch.

Find a participating store here.

At this stage the scheme is not available in the Waimakariri District. The Soft Plastic Take-back Scheme Manager, Lyn Mayes has advised that they will embed the service back in Christchurch, making sure all the logistic work as planned. Kilmarnock Enterprises are collecting and baling the plastics, and Goodman Fielder are transporting bales back to Auckland to transition to Future Post. Once they are confident that everything is working well and Future Post's processing capability continues to increase, they will look at expansion into other areas.

Soft plastics are not accepted in the Council's kerbside recycling bins or in the plastic bins at the transfer stations - this is only able to be taken to participating stores.

It is timely to begin thinking about how to make purchasing choices that minimise the amount of soft plastic that is purchased and therefore having to stockpile or throw away.

  • Avoid pre-packaged fruit and veges
  • Take reusable produce bags as well as reusable shopping bags to the supermarket - you can buy these at the supermarket and fruit and vege shops
  • Take your own containers with the tare weight written on them for bulk purchases at the likes of Bin Inn.

Visit the One Planet website and Future Living Skills for more information about reducing waste and living more sustainably. Visit the Soft Plastics website to keep up to date with the recycling scheme.