Plastic Recycling


Plastic Bag Ban

South Australia lead the nation with the single use lightweight plastic bag phase out. Soft plastic shopping bags were phased out between 1 January and 3 May 2009. From 4 May 2009 single use lightweight plastic bags were banned across South Australia.

Please visit for further details on South Australia's Plastic Bag Ban.

Plastic Bag/Soft Plastics Disposal


How to recycle your soft plastics - shopping bags, clean cling-film, lolly and biscuit packets, fresh fruit and vegetable bags, frozen food bags, newspaper/magazine wrappings, bread bags, etc.

 Did you know that Australians dump 7,150 recyclable plastic bags into landfills every minute (or 429,000 bags every hour)? Plastic bags should be kept out of your home recycle bin - they cause big problems when placed in with your kerbside bin!

If you would like to dispose of your 'soft' plastics in an environmentally friendly way, you can bring them into Coles Supermarkets at Burnside Village Shopping Centre or The Parade, Norwood. Soft plastics include pasta and rice bags, lolly and biscuit packets, fresh fruit and vegetable bags, frozen food bags, magazine and newspaper wrapping, and clean plastic wrap/cling film.

Thanks to a recycling inititative by the RED Group, these stores, along with the other 700 Coles stores nationally, are collecting (clean) soft plastics to recycle into other plastic products. Look for the 'soft plastics and shopping bags' bin at the front of the store.

Please refer to the Zero Waste website to locate other participating supermarkets, or the RED Group website for more information on the national scheme and to see how these plastics can be re-used.

Plastic Codes and Recycling

What do the numbers on plastics really mean, are they recyclable?

The numbers 1-7 found on the bottom of plastics is not a recycling symbol but rather a plastic or resin identification code. It advises what type of plastic the item is made from but not if it is recyclable. Most hard plastics coded 1-7 can be recycled in your yellow lidded recycling bin except for expanded polystyrene foam and plastic bags or soft plastics.

Download the Plastic Codes and Recycling guide(PDF, 1MB) to find out more.