The Soft Plastic Takeback Scheme
The Soft Plastic Takeback scheme has returned to Christchurch. From 15 February 2021, Christchurch residents can once again take their soft plastic packaging to participating stores across the city. For a list of their bin locations please visit their store locator page(external link).
Why you can’t put them in the yellow bin
Soft plastic packaging is not collected by The Council for recycling because it contaminates the recycling process.
There actually isn’t any value in soft plastics – it's not like other recyclables like glass and aluminium - so we have to pay to have it recycled. That’s why we need to have manufacturers and big brands contributing to the costs of recycling this soft plastic.