Soft plastic collection trials under way in Victoria – Australia

Posted on November 30, 2022 by DrRossH in Plastic Recycling


The first in a series of trials of kerbside collection of soft plastic packaging has begun in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges Shire Council, making recycling of plastics such as bread bags, cereal box liners and ice cream wrappers easy for participating households. 

The trials are part of the National Plastics Recycling Scheme project (NPRS), which is led by the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) and will help design a model for large-scale “bag-in-bin” kerbside collection and sorting of soft plastic packaging for advanced recycling. 

About 487,000 tonnes of soft plastic packaging was used by businesses and homes in Australia in 2019-20 with just four per cent of that material recycled. Diverting soft plastics from landfill will provide a clean stream of material for Australia’s emerging advanced recycling industry. 

Plastics from the Macedon Ranges Shire Council trial will be taken for advanced recycling to APR Plastics in Dandenong, Victoria. In advanced recycling, the material is converted into oil that can be used to make new plastics. Darren Thorpe, APR Group Managing Director, said capturing soft plastics in sufficient volumes is essential for a domestic advanced recycling industry. 

We’ll be watching this with interest.