Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme Adds More Stores in Auckland and Northland

With Future Post doubling its processing capacity, the Packaging Forum’s Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme will be adding 15 Countdown stores to the scheme’s collection network.

From Monday 14th September, collections bins will return to Auckland Countdown stores in Orewa, Helensville, Henderson, Northwest, Northcote, Sunnynook, St Lukes, Three Kings, Beachlands, Mangere Mall, Manukau City Mall, Roselands and in Northland to Countdown Kaikohe, Paihia Central and Regent (Whangarei).

This expansion means that there are almost 100 locations now offering a drop off service for soft plastic bags and wrappers across Upper North Island and in the Wellington Region.  This recycling service is 100% funded by industry members of the voluntary product stewardship scheme.

“This year despite the disruption caused by COVID-19 we have increased the number of stores and regions serviced by the scheme.  This has been made possible because of the increased demand for our soft plastics from our New Zealand processing partners," said Chair of the scheme Malcolm Everts.

“Future Post has more than doubled its processing capacity this year thanks to new sales with local and central government departments and industry. The more demand for the products manufactured from our soft plastic waste, the more we can and will collect for recycling.

“We encourage everyone that has access to one of our participating stores to drop off their clean and dry plastic bags and wrappers so we can recycle them.”

“45 tonnes of soft plastics were processed at our plant in July. That’s equivalent to around 7.5 million bread bags, chip packets, frozen food bags or toilet roll wrappers diverted from landfill. Our posts are now in vineyards, farms, parks and private land from Northland to Southland. We have added new products such as square posts, Vege Boxes for gardens, and parking stops to our range," said Chris Meyer, General Manager of Future Post.

“It’s been fantastic to see more and more of our stores with their soft plastics recycling bins out for our customers and we’re really excited to see how quickly Future Post’s operations are growing. The more opportunities we can give our customers to recycle these sorts of plastics, the better. We’re working closely with the scheme to extend to even more stores in the coming months," said Countdown’s General Manager Corporate Affairs, Safety & Sustainability, Kiri Hannifin.