what to REDcycle
PLEASE NOTE: As per recent media awareness, REDcycle has temporarily paused its soft plastics collection program from 9 November 2022.
Please dispose of your soft plastics in landfill, as there will be no recovery from Coles and Woolworths stores at this time.
REDcycle and our partners are committed to having the program back up and running as soon as possible.
The REDcycle Program makes it easy for consumers to keep plastic bags and packaging out of landfill.
- First, please check the packaging for any sign of the new Australian Recycling Label (ARL) symbols (find out more about these at https://recyclingnearyou.com.au/arl/) OR the REDcycle logo.
- In the absence of one of these symbols (note these are gradually being rolled out to ALL types of packaging – this will just take a little bit of time), use the below table as your guide.
- Please note: we are not able to accept materials in black (or dark green) garbage bags. The supermarket staff nor our drivers can easily see the contents of the bags, meaning that they cannot easily detect whether or not they contain any contaminants/garbage. In relation to individual pieces of black soft plastic (and black bags that do not contain other soft plastic packaging), these are fine to REDcycle, just please cut to A3 size pieces or smaller.
Also, please try to let as many people as possible know that these bins are not intended for general waste!
Please note that the REDcycle Program has been developed for post consumer household plastic. Participating supermarkets are not obliged to accept large volumes of commercial plastic waste.
how to REDcycle
- Collect all the soft plastics that you can’t recycle at home.
- Please ensure they are dry and as empty as possible.
- Drop your soft plastics into your nearest REDcycle collection bin and RED Group will do the rest.
- There are participating supermarkets all around Australia. Find the REDcycle drop off point nearest to you.
- REDcycle bins are typically located near the checkout. There are currently a few different types of REDcycle bins in use depending on the store so please ask at the customer service desk if you can’t locate the bin
We bring the collected plastic back to our facility for initial processing, then it is delivered to our Australian manufacturing partners:
- Replas (https://www.replas.com.au/), based in Ballarat, Victoria, who convert REDcycle material into a range of recycled products including indoor and outdoor furniture, bollards, and signage. All products are extremely robust, as well as water and termite resistant. They won’t crack, splinter or rot and will never need painting. Replas products are perfect for use in schools, park, public spaces and commercial premises.
- Close the Loop, based in Somerton, Victoria, who utilise REDcycle material as a component of high performance recycled asphalt additive for road infrastructure known as Tonerplas (https://www.closetheloop.com.au/tonerplas/)
- Plastic Forests, based in Albury, NSW, who use REDcycle material as a component of products such as mini wheel stops and air conditioner mounting blocks for the consumer market (https://plasticforests.com.au/product/air-con-mounting-blocks/).