Plastic Recycling

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Plastic Bag Ban

South Australia leads the nation with the single use lightweight plastic bag phase out. Soft plastic shopping bags were phased out during 2009.

Recycling your plastic bags and soft plastic

You can drop your soft plastics to a REDcycle collection bin for the material to be recycled. Common soft plastics that can be recycled through the REDcycle system are:

  • Bread bags
  • Biscuit packets (the wrapper only)
  • Paper goods packaging (eg plastic wrap around toilet paper)
  • Pasta and rice bags
  • Frozen food and vegetable bags
  • Confectionery bags
  • Plastic shopping bags (including re-useable plastic bags)
  • Cereal bags

For a full list of what can and cannot be recycled, visit the webpage: What to REDycle.

REDcycle is available at local Coles and Woolworths supermarkets. For a full list of what locations, visit the webpage: Where to REDycle.

Soft plastics cannot be recycled through Council's kerbside bin collection. If you are unable to use REDcycle, then soft plastics should be placed in the waste-to-landfill bin (red lid). 

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.