Soft Plastics
Recycling Programme

The Love NZ Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme enables
New Zealanders to recycle plastic wrappers and bags.

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The Love NZ Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme enables New Zealanders to recycle plastic wrappers and bags.

It is a Government accredited voluntary product stewardship programme; one of three accredited schemes run by The Packaging Forum.

The scheme is funded by members, with additional support from Countdown, The Warehouse and Huckleberry who provide recycling facilities.

The Love NZ Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme enables New Zealanders to recycle plastic wrappers and bags.

It is a Government accredited voluntary product stewardship programme; one of three accredited schemes run by The Packaging Forum.

The scheme is funded by members, with additional support from Countdown, The Warehouse and Huckleberry who provide recycling facilities.

Innovative New Zealand solutions

We’ve worked hard to find New Zealand processors who can turn our members’ soft plastics into useful products, such as fence posts, buckets, matting and other hard wearing plastic products. Two of these, Future Post and 2nd Life Plastics, are great examples of Kiwi ingenuity at work.

Innovative New Zealand solutions

We’ve worked hard to find New Zealand processors who can turn our members’ soft plastics into useful products, such as fence posts, buckets, matting and other hard wearing plastic products. Two of these, Future Post and 2nd Life Plastics, are great examples of Kiwi ingenuity at work.

Support sustainable procurement

To have a sustainable circular economy (an economy where waste materials are re-processed into new valuable products and commodities), we need industry, councils and government departments to buy products made from the recycling efforts of Kiwis. We are working with producers and our members to increase demand for the products so we can grow our programme and New Zealand’s circular economy.

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Support sustainable procurement

To have a sustainable circular economy (an economy where waste materials are re-processed into new valuable products and commodities), we need industry, councils and government departments to buy products made from the recycling efforts of Kiwis. We are working with producers and our members to increase demand for the products so we can grow our programme and New Zealand’s circular economy.

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Partners for change

If you sell or produce products in soft plastics or would simply like to be an agent of change, you can become a member of The Packaging Forum and the Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme. This allows you to steward soft plastic packaging and make it easier for customers, staff and consumers to recycle.

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Partners for change

If you sell or produce products in soft plastics or would like to be an agent of change, you can become a member of The Packaging Forum and the Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme. This allows you to steward soft plastic packaging and make it easier for customers, staff and consumers to recycle.

Contact Us

Keeping it simple

More and more brands are now putting the “soft plastic recycle at store” logo on their packaging so their consumers can easily understand what can be recycled.

The programme takes all soft plastics including:

  • bread bags
  • frozen food bags
  • chip bags
  • pasta and rice bags
  • confectionery and biscuit wrap
  • squeeze pouches
  • shopping bags
  • toilet paper packaging
  • sanitary hygiene packaging
  • courier envelopes

Basically, anything made of soft plastic which can be scrunched into a ball – but it must be clean, empty and dry.

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Keeping it simple

More and more brands are now putting the “soft plastic recycle at store” logo on their packaging so their consumers can easily understand what can be recycled.

The programme takes all soft plastics including:

  • bread bags
  • frozen food bags
  • chip bags
  • pasta and rice bags
  • confectionery and biscuit wrap
  • squeeze pouches
  • shopping bags
  • toilet paper packaging
  • sanitary hygiene packaging
  • courier envelopes

Basically, anything made of soft plastic which can be scrunched into a ball – but it must be clean, empty and dry.

Find out more

A sustainable scheme

Sustainability is critical for successful stewardship. To avoid an imbalance in collections versus processing, we will only be expanding access to the scheme in line with available processing capacity New Zealand. “Love NZ” Soft Plastics Recycling bins at supermarket and other locations. Bags are collected by The Packaging Forum.

Find collection locations

Find out more about the Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme

A sustainable scheme

Sustainability is critical for successful stewardship. To avoid an imbalance in collections versus processing, we will only be expanding access to the scheme in line with available processing capacity New Zealand. “Love NZ” Soft Plastics Recycling bins at supermarket and other locations. Bags are collected by The Packaging Forum.

Find collection locations

Find out more about the Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme

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