Why You Should Start Recycling Soft Plastics Now

Small Changes For Big Impact

As you can see my beautiful Yoga Tent Studio is surrounded by nature which is why I loved creating it. Nature has the best ambient sounds like rain, wind, birds singing and so much more that you can’t get from your standard studio. Most of my students always comment when the rain hits the top of the tent how relaxing it sounds. It’s the best moment when it happens as I can see everybody relax even more. So what does this have to do with recycling soft plastics…. well because our waste is causing massive problems on this planet with extreme weather changes, massive landfills, plastic in oceans, cutting down of forest.

Most of the yoga I teach is in nature from my Yoga Hikes to teach Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga on the river… so for me, it was a NO BRAINER to start creating more AWARENESS about small changes we can start doing today to make a big impact tomorrow.

Small Changes For Big Impact

LEARNING about recycling and waste help me understand the issues

I only learnt about soft plastics last year when did a Challenge to Live Zero Waste One Month Pledge it really hit home for me that I can be part of the SOLUTION to the problem if I start making small changes in my lifestyle and that made me feel so much better. Watching the tv series ABC War On Waste it also helped me learn about the problems happening specifically in Australia our home. Totally recommend watching it get a better understanding for yourself what is happening to your garbage.

Learning about all the issues and problems we have about the waste opens your eyes to see what is going on in a BIG way making you feel awful because you know you are part of the problem. We all buy food, we all eat takeaway, we all have used plastic straws and bought bottle water without thinking we were doing anything wrong. But NOW we know it is wrong and we are resisting the change because it’s not promoted enough on TV yet as being a MAJOR issue. Let’s face it… human being don’t naturally like to change. Some of us LOVE change and thrive on it and some of us avoid change as we like our comfort zone. Unfortunately staying in our routine/habits/comfort zone won’t help our planet get rid of all the waste so we need to change whether we like it or not.

OFFSET your actions if you can’t go zero waste today start recycling correctly

Well the good news is that if you do decide to use soft plastics for certain items like us… you can do so knowing that you are not adding to the problem if you are putting in the extra effort to recycle CORRECTLY by dropping the packaging back off at Woolworths or Coles who have taken on the responsibility for their products’ waste. Ultimately our goal is to go Zero Waste Home eventually but we understand after almost a year of trying new things and changing lots of habits… not all of them can be changed overnight. It is not easy to stop eating your favourite chocolate bar or buying your weekly bread. To offset these purchases we make sure we drop them back off at our local Coles to be upcycled.

Small Changes For Big Impact

Where does Redcycle Go?

Well, today there is a lot of speculation about your local council kerbside collecting going to the correct facility vs the landfill. According to REDcycle they upcycle the soft plastics into other products through Replas.

We bring the collected plastic back to our facility for initial processing, then it is delivered to Australian manufacturer Replas where it undergoes an incredible transformation. Replas uses the material as the resource to produce a huge range of recycled-plastic products, from fitness circuits to sturdy outdoor furniture, to bollards, signage and more. 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.

I’ve gone onto their website and read through the commitment to the environment and how they want to turn plastic waste into products for there future. For me, I always like the concept of taking something ugly like this issue with soft plastic waste and turning into something beautiful…like new products for the community.

Why Should Soft Plastic Recycling Be Treated Separately To Normal Recycling?

The majority of councils can’t accept soft plastic for recycling via their kerbside collection because soft plastic jams the automated sorting machines at the Materials Recovery Facility.

So here is a snapshot of the things you can put in the soft plastic bin and a full list below…lets start upcycling our soft plastics if we are consciously buying products still in soft plastics do the right thing and make the EFFORT to return it to Coles & Woolworths. If they can change and start collecting it back we can change too and start returning it. We all can make a difference today.

Redcycle
YES PLEASE!

  • Biscuit packets (outer wrapper only)
  • Bread bags (without the tie)
  • Bubble wrap (large sheets cut into A3 size pieces)
  • Cat and dog food pouches (as clean and dry as possible)
  • Cellophane from bunches of flowers (cut into A3 size pieces)
  • Cereal box liners
  • Chip and cracker packets (silver lined)
  • Chocolate and snack bar wrappers
  • Confectionery bags
  • Dry pet food bags
  • Fresh produce bags
  • Frozen food bags
  • Green bags (Polypropylene Bags)
  • Ice cream wrappers
  • Large sheets of plastic that furniture comes wrapped in (cut into A3 size pieces)
  • Netting produce bags (any metal clips removed)
  • Newspaper and magazine wrap
  • Pasta bags
  • Pet food bags (chaff/horse/chicken) – both the plastic and woven polypropylene types (but not woven nylon). Cut into A3 size pieces and shake free of as much product as possible
  • Plastic Australia Post satchels
  • Plastic carrier bags from all stores
  • Plastic film wrap from grocery items such as nappies and toilet paper
  • Plastic sachets
  • Potting mix and compost bags – both the plastic and woven polypropylene types (cut into A3 size pieces and free of as much product as possible)
  • Rice bags – both plastic and the woven type (if large, cut into A3 size pieces)
  • Snap lock bags / zip lock bags
  • Squeeze pouches with lid on (e.g. yogurt/baby food)
  • Wine/water bladders – clear plastic ones only
  • Please make sure your plastic is dry and as empty as possible.

NO THANKS!

  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic containers
  • Any rigid plastic such as meat trays, biscuit trays or strawberry punnets
  • Adhesive tape
  • Balloons (of any kind)
  • Biodegradable/degradable/compostable plastics
  • Blister packs, tablets and capsule packaging
  • Blow up pool, pool toys or beds – plastic or PVC
  • Bread bag tags
  • Christmas tinsel and Christmas trees
  • Cling wrap/Cling film of any kind
  • Coffee bags
  • Cooler bags
  • Disposable food handling gloves of any variety
  • Drinking straws
  • Film negatives and x-rays
  • Fishing line
  • Foam or polystyrene of any kind
  • Foil / Alfoil of any kind
  • Food waste
  • Glass
  • Laminated materials and overhead transparencies
  • Medical waste materials
  • Nylon – woven, soft or fishing line
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Paper post packs
  • Plastic/clear vinyl packaging from sheets and doonas etc
  • Plastic packaging that has contained meat
  • Plastic strapping used for securing boxes and pallets
  • Powdered milk packets, made of foil
  • PVC
  • Rope of any variety
  • Rubber, rubber gloves, latex
  • Tarpaulins
  • Tin cans
  • VHS Tape
  • Vinyl – any type of vinyl packaging
  • Wet plastic materials as mould is a problem for us
  • Wine/water bladders – foil based
  • Wrapping paper and cardboard, ribbons or bows

Make a plastic free july pledgeLet’s protect this earth as it gives us so many amazing gifts we just take for granted…start recycling soft plastics today… or better yet make this your pledge for #plasticfreejuly and join #ecoyogiwarrior month to get 2 free classes


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