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Soft Plastic Recycling Woes

February 4 2019

Recycling Woes. Has anyone noticed the mysterious disappearance of the soft plastic recycling receptacles at several of our local grocery stores?

At first, I thought it was a mistake or that perhaps all the stores were simply taking their recycle bins to the back to be emptied on the same day. However, after a month of searching, I started asking questions. The guest service agent a store we’ll call Stuff n’ Stash informed me that they no longer were being provided. I was a bit displeased, so decided to try my luck at a store we’ll refer to as Declining Numbers. Their customer service representative was a touch more explanative and divulged that the council had removed all soft plastic recycling bins since the stores are no longer providing single use plastic bags to shoppers.

Now, I am 100% on board with discontinuing the supply of plastic bags, however, those are just a fraction of what can go into the soft plastic recycling receptacles. Food packaging (cereal box liners, bread or rice bags) as well as wrap packaging, like what holds your jumbo pack of toilet paper together, used to be accepted at several of the grocery stores around town, but not anymore.

Also, I would like to point out that just because the grocery stores have stopped suppling plastic bags to shoppers, that many retail stores have not. Thusly there’s still a supply of plastic bags being released into circulation that now have nowhere to go but the landfill.

If the council really is responsible for removing the recycling bins, I please ask that they reconsider. If by chance, I have been misinformed, I apologise for pointing fingers and kindly ask that whoever is responsible for making this decision to please rethink and revise. Sincerely, Soft-Plastic

Recycling Sympathizer

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  • McBike

    This is extremely disappointing, where is the logic in this?? We've gone to lengths to remove single use soft plastic bags from stores as a way to cut down on the ridiculous amount of plastic we use. This is great, but there's still far too much plastic being used on food products and other items we buy at the grocery store, as listed above.
    Removing our chance to recycle these plastics does not make sense. Hopefully at some point in the future we won't have soooo much plastic packaging on the items we buy, but at this stage collecting them and recycling them is a far better option than just throwing them in the trash.
    I'd love to see a response from the council on this topic.

    Posted 06/02/2019 11:42am (5 months ago)

  • Oswald

    Fat Boy Slim Gig Review

    The provincial and predictable ‘play the hits’ review would have gone unnoticed if it weren’t for the attempt to paint everyone who might disagree as simpletons. Ironically the joke is on the reviewer, the supposed ‘true’ fan failed to decode the message due to their own lack of reference. As Slim paid reverence to music influences and career moments, the reviewer was left wanting for a Spotify ‘best of’ playlist. Looking outward is the best remedy for mediocrity and that prescription may be in order on this occasion. Chi’ Bangs, maybe start by googling the Anthropophagic Manifesto, it’s a 100-year old example of incorporating other influences into one’s own art. It’s Brazilian by the way. The brits have the Beatles, it’s pretty close to home so you may have heard of them, they also some other noteworthy stuff you should look into as you level up.

    Posted 06/02/2019 8:34pm (5 months ago)

  • Charlie N

    The soft recycling bins have been removed because the place that was taking the recycling (company in China or Australia -I can't remember) - is no longer accepting it (they're full/ can't process it). Therefore the soft plastic is piling up at the NZ holding stations, and our local councils have no way to dispose. QLDC has actually released a statement about this - and that they're researching other options - hopefully to have a decision by April.

    Yes, retails stores still have plastic bags, legally they're able to continue using them until June or July 2019.- give them a chance to use up their stock - the greatest environmental impact of a plastic bag is in it's manufacture - and throwing them out without being used at all is an even igger waste of resources and life.

    Posted 10/02/2019 11:41am (5 months ago)