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

Simply collect the flexible plastics in a clear plastic bag, tie it at the top and place it in your recycling bin. Using dark or opaque bags may mean the bag might be regarded as waste and may not be recycled.

Flexible plastic test: if you can scrunch the plastic into a ball in your hand it’s a flexible plastic and needs to be bagged for recycling. If not, it’s a hard plastic that goes into your recycling bin loose (e.g. plastic bottles). 

Which flexible plastics (tied in a clear bag) can be recycled

  • Flexible or soft plastic wrappers from bread, rice, pasta, toilet paper, frozen foods, cereal, biscuits, appliance wrappings etc.
  • Clean cling wrap
  • Plastic bags – including clean potting mix bags
  • Plastic postal bags and document sleeves
  • Zip lock bags and freezer bags
  • Bubble wrap

Ensure these are put in a clear plastic bag that's tied at top and put in your recycling bin, otherwise they may be regarded as waste. For a complete list by polymer and material type, see A - Z list below.

Which flexible plastics can't be recycled

Not all flexible packaging is recyclable via your kerbside bin. We cannot accept:

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

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.

How to prepare your plastics for recycling

To help us recycle as much as possible, please:

  • Ensure that all bags and packaging are empty (stickers and printing on the bag are ok).
  • Remove food, dirt, other residues, metal ties and clips from the flexible plastics
  • Bundle the flexible plastics into a clear plastic bag and recycle it when the bag is full
  • If possible, use a clear bag as an outer bag to ensure the contents are recognised as recyclables during the sorting process. Using dark or opaque bags (e.g. black plastic bags or Myers bags) may mean the bag will be regarded as waste and may not be recycled.
  • Do not put other recyclables into the clear bag. Put these directly into the recycling bin loose.
  • Spread the word! Share your knowledge with your neighbours and family about how to recycle flexible plastics.

What happens to your flexible plastics

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

Flexible plastics are compacted, baled and sent to a plastic recycler either locally or overseas. They are recycled into a wide range of items, for example other soft plastics, street furniture and children’s toys. 

A-Z of plastics accepted

Listed by product

  • Animal feed sacks (no residue or metal clips)
  • Biscuit wrappings
  • Bread bags
  • Bubble wrap
  • Cellophane
  • Cereal bags/box liners
  • Cheese wrapping
  • 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 vegetable 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 (please cut rings to protect sealife)
  • 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 (and other shop plastic bags)
  • Toilet paper plastic packaging
  • Tree/plant protector sleeves/guards
  • Zip lock bags (clean and dry)

Listed by polymer

  • High density polyethylene (HDPE 2)
  • Low density polyethylene (LDPE 4)
  • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET 1)
  • Polypropylene (PP 5)
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