New Zealand’s soft plastic recycling scheme had its first regional launch in Auckland last November. Since then it has spread to Hamilton and Christchurch with incredible public/private partnership backing, and more centres will follow shortly. Now supermarket and big-box retail shoppers can return their soft plastics – ‘those you can scrunch in your hand’ – to place of sale, and dispose of it in the special bins provided, knowing it will be reborn in the form of functional recycled plastic products. Previously, such plastic waste had no viable outlet in New Zealand.

The first shipment of soft plastics collected under the scheme have arrived at the Replas plant for processing, to become part of durable and attractive furniture and other items that will extend the life of this finite resource for decades to come.