‘Un-recyclable’ plastic food storage waste can now be upcycled or recycled, thanks to a national programme called the ‘GLAD Food Storage Brigade’, promoted by TerraCycle and GLAD. Using an innovative and easy ‘collect, store and ship’ method, the newly launched project encourages Kiwis to give plastic food packaging a new life.
“Individuals and groups can participate in the programme, which is the first of its kind in New Zealand to collect plastic food storage on a national scale, by providing a mail-in option and public drop-off point,” said Anna Minns, General Manager, TerraCycle NZ.
Once the packaging has been collected, consumer just need to claim their free shipping label from the TerraCycle website and ship their waste items via New Zealand Post. At that point, the plastic food storage products can be recycled into sustainable items.
For each GLAD item they send in, collectors will be awarded two cents, which can be later redeemed to go towards a chosen charity or not-for-profit organisation.