We have introduced a free temporary soft plastic collection and recycling service. Boroondara residents can recycle small household quantities of soft plastic at the: 

What we can accept

  • Plastic bags
  • Bread bags
  • Frozen food bags
  • Rice and pasta bags
  • Pet food bags and pouches
  • Fresh produce bags
  • Biscuit packets
  • Chip packets
  • Lolly packets and wrappers
  • Bubble wrap
  • Pallet wrap

What we can’t accept 

  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic containers
  • Biscuit trays
  • Cling wrap
  • Plastic strapping
  • Cellophane

If you aren’t sure how to recycle or dispose of a particular item, use our A to Z Recycling and Waste Guide.

How to use the temporary service

  • Collect small household quantities of accepted soft plastic items for recycling. 
  • Check this page to make sure the collection points are open — if either of the collection points are full, we will update this page to say which collection point has stopped accepting soft plastic items for recycling. There is limited capacity at each collection point. You can find out more in the Conditions of this temporary service section on this page
  • Bring photo identification with:
    • a Boroondara address listed, or 
    • a matching name on a Boroondara rates notice as proof of residency.
  • Drop your soft plastic off for recycling at your preferred collection point.

Where your soft plastic goes

APR Plastics recycles soft plastics collected by this temporary service at its processing facility in Dandenong South. The soft plastic is turned back into raw materials to produce new plastic products. You can find out more about this organisation on the APR Plastics website.

Conditions of the temporary service

This temporary service supports Boroondara residents to recycle small amounts of soft plastic items after the collapse of the REDcycle program. It’s not available for businesses or large amounts at this time.

APR Plastics will collect the soft plastics twice a week. Due to the limited capacity at each collection point, we will not be able to accept more soft plastic for recycling if a collection point becomes full. 

We will update this page regularly to let you know if a collection point has stopped accepting soft plastic items for recycling. There will also be signage at the collection points to notify residents. 

APR Plastics may also stop accepting soft plastic if they reach capacity limits at their processing facility or are no longer able to process the material.

This service will end when the Australian Government coordinates a longer-term, more viable soft plastic recycling solution with the supermarket and packaging industry. We continue to advocate on behalf of our community for action.

More information 

For more information, please contact our Circular Economy team at [email protected] or call (03) 9278 4444.

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