As part of your weekly recycling collection, you can recycle soft or flexible plastics - such as bread packaging, cereal packaging, and cling wrap.

Simply collect the flexible plastics in a plastic bag, tie it at the top, and place it in your recycling bin.

What can be recycled in your kerbside bin

  • Flexible or soft plastic wrappers such as for bread, rice, pasta, toilet paper or frozen foods
  • Plastic cereal or biscuit wraps from cereal or biscuit boxes
  • Clean cling wrap
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic wrap from appliances
  • Zip lock bags and freezer bags
  • Bubble wrap
  • Postal bags and document sleeves
  • Potting mix bags

For a complete list by polymer and material type, see A - Z list below.

What can't be recycled in your bin

Not all flexible packaging is recyclable via your kerbside bin and we cannot accept:

  • silver or foil lined packaging
  • chip, chocolate or ice cream wrappers
  • degradable or compostable plastic bags

Want to recycle silver or foil lined packaging?

If you have chip, chocolate and ice cream wrappers, Coles or Woolworths offer this service. Find your nearest 'REDcycle' drop off point.

You can recycle:

Simply collect these in a plastic bag, tie it at the top when it's full, and place it in your recycling bin.

How to prepare your plastics for recycling

To help us recycle as much as possible, please:

  • Remove food, dirt or other residue from the flexible plastics
  • Metal ties and clips should be removed from items such as garden product packaging
  • Put the packaging into a plastic bag and only recycle the bag once it’s full
  • All colours are acceptable but black should be avoided as an outer bag as it can be confused with dumped rubbish
  • Ensure that all bags and packaging are empty (stickers and printing on the bag are OK).
  • Continue to put paper and other recyclables into your recycling bin, not in a bag with flexible plastics
  • Talk to your neighbours and family about how to recycle flexible plastics - spread the word!

How to recycle your flexible plastics

What happens to your recycled plastics

All recycling from Boroondara goes to SKM Recycling, Australia’s largest recycling sorting facility. Material is sorted using shakers, screens, magnets and optical sorting technology.

Once sorted, the flexible plastics are sorted, compacted, baled and sent to a plastic recycler either locally or overseas.

Guide to flexible plastics

Not sure whether your items can be recycled? Here’s a guide.

We do accept:

Recycling silver or foil-lined packaging

You can recycle silver or foil-lined packaging, and chip, chocolate or ice cream wrappers, via Coles and Woolworths.  Find your nearest collection point.

A-Z of materials accepted

Listed by product

  • Animal feed sacks (no residue or metal clips)
  • Biscuit packets
  • Bread bags
  • Bubble wrap
  • Cellophane
  • Cereal bags/box liners
  • Cheese wraps
  • Cling wrap (clean and dry)
  • Courier bags
  • Department store bags
  • Dry animal food packaging
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Freezer bags
  • Frozen food bags (chips, peas etc)
  • Fruit and veg bags
  • Netting bags for oranges/onions/garlic
  • Newspaper plastic wrap
  • Reusable ‘green’ bags that are worn or old
  • Pallet stretch wrap
  • Pasta packets
  • Plastic air pillow protective packaging (protecting appliances etc)
  • Plastic pockets/sleeves
  • Plastic six-pack rings
  • Plastic wrap/packaging from furniture and appliances
  • Postal bags
  • Potting mix bags (no residue)
  • Protective foamed wrap packaging from appliances/computers/electronics
  • Reusable checkout bags
  • Rice packaging
  • Shrink wrap around multi-packs of cans
  • Supermarket checkout bags
  • Toilet paper plastic packaging
  • Tree/plant protector sleeves/guards
  • Zip lock bags (clean and dry)

Listed by polymer

  • High density polyethylene (HDPE)
  • Low density polyethylene (LDPE)
  • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
  • Polypropylene (PP)

A-Z of materials not accepted

Listed by product

  • Blister packs (for batteries, tablets etc)
  • Chip, confectionery and ice-cream packaging (if shiny, metalised)
  • Food packaging with residue
  • Meat packaging
  • Punnets (can go in recycling with other rigid plastics)
  • Shade cloth
  • Wet animal food packaging with residue
  • Wet wipes

Listed by polymer

  • Expanded polystyrene (EPS) (beads and peanut sized infill packaging)
  • Metalised biaxially-oriented polypropylene (Met BOPP) (used for chip, confectionery and ice-cream wrappers)
  • Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) (used for some ‘rigid’ punnets and blister packs)


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