Recycling soft plastic is something you can do. The Love NZ Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme website tells you all about plastic bag recycling and plastic wrap recycling, and how to recycle grocery bags and recycle bubble wrap.

store recycle logo.png

What do you need to do? Collect all the soft plastic packaging which you use at home, make sure the bags are clean, empty and dry and drop them into the Love NZ Soft Plastics Recycling bins at supermarkets and other storesLook out for the green and white soft plastic recycling bin.

Can plastic bags be recycled

We take all soft plastic bags including bread bags, frozen food bags, toilet paper packaging, confectionery and biscuit wrap, chip bags, pasta and rice bags, courier envelopes, shopping bags, sanitary hygiene packaging, squeeze pouches and basically anything made of soft plastic which can be scrunched into a ball. 

More and more brands are now putting our soft plastic 'recycle at store' logo on their packaging to help you know what can be recycled.

Where can you recycle plastic bags

Customers should bring their used soft plastics back to store and put them in the soft plastics recycling bin.
Bags are collected from the store by The Packaging Forum.


The Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme restartED collections at selected retail stores in Auckland, HAMILTON AND WELLINGTON

The Soft Plastic Recycling bins will be available for use at a number of Countdown, The Warehouse, and Huckleberry stores in Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington. We’ve been extremely encouraged by Kiwis’ commitment to recycling their soft plastics. 

Thank you! for being such loyal supporters of soft plastic recycling. 

Soft Plastics Recycling Welcome News to Countdown and The Warehouse

sp homepage recycling bin sml II.png
Countdown's General Manager of Corporate Affairs, Safety and Sustainability Kiri Hannifin
says the soft plastics bins being available in even more stores will be welcome news for their customers.

"The further roll out of the Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme to even more of our stores is fantastic news - particularly for our customers who are really passionate about reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill. While we are working hard to reduce plastic in our business, at the moment we still need soft plastics to keep food fresh and ensure food safety.  While this remains the case, it is incredibly important to us that we can provide recycling solutions for this type of packaging.  We're incredibly proud to be a part of the Scheme and look forward to supporting it in more of our stores in future."

David Benattar, Chief Sustainability Officer for The Warehouse Group says they are excited to be extending the collection programme to The Warehouse Hamilton stores.

“We joined the Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme in 2015 because we wanted to minimise the impact of plastic waste on the environment and help Kiwis to be more sustainable. We know the amount of plastic in our environment is of great concern for both our customers and team members. We are exploring every option to significantly reduce the amount of plastic packaging in our own products and we also want to support practical solutions that we can offer to our customers immediately. We are grateful for the tenacity of the Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme and Future Post to help us address these issues head on.”


The soft plastics that you dropped off are made into a range of plastic products which are on sale in New Zealand.