If plastic bags are placed in kerbside recycling bins, they can damage machines inside sorting facilities and even cause some machines to break down, which could prevent other materials from being recycled.
For waste being processed in an ARRT facility, it can be very difficult to recover valuable resources from waste that has been wrapped in more than one layer of plastic bags. By keeping as few layers as possible between the bin liner and the waste you put in it, you can make the contents more accessible for separation and resource recovery. This keeps more waste out of landfill and more valuable materials in active use, which in turn eases demand for raw materials. Contact your Council to find out whether your waste is being processed in an ARRT facility or sent to landfill.
We can only recycle hard or rigid plastics, such as bottles and containers. Plastic bags are not accepted for recycling at our Waste & Recycling Centres and should never be placed in kerbside recycling or garden organics bins.
Plastic bags placed in recycling bins can become tangled in sorting machinery, potentially causing breakdowns, or even fires, and hindering the recycling process for other materials. Plastic bags placed in garden organics bins contaminate this waste stream and any compost produced from it.
Many supermarkets have special plastic bag recycling bins near the customer entry. Plastic bags placed in these bins can be recycled because they don't need to be sorted and separated from other types of recycling.
Plastic bags placed in these recycling bins must be clean. Be careful to check which bags are accepted as some bins accept only the light LDPE grocery shopping bags, while others may also accept heavier plastics.
If you cannot find a supermarket that will accept your plastic bags for recycling, your household garbage bin is the next best place to dispose of them.
To reduce the number of plastic bags you use, you can consider the following: