Have you been using the soft plastic recycling bins available at IGA and Foodworks in Gaskill St? Did you know that as part of the CWA’s War on Waste that the Canowindra CWA has collected in 5 months approximately 5,000 kg of soft plastic, which is not going into landfill.
At the moment Australians throw away about 7,150 recyclable plastic bags a minute or 429,000 per hour! Plastic bags and packaging can’t be collected by most local councils as part of their kerbside pickup. Instead, they typically end up in landfill or as litter, harming wildlife and the environment.
So how you can help?
• COLLECT: Collect all the soft plastics that can’t be recycled at home. Please ensure it is dry and as empty as possible.
• DROP: Drop them into CWA soft plastic drop off bins at Canowindra’s two supermarkets, IGA and Foodworks in Gaskill St. CWA members will then take this to the REDcycle bins in Orange and Cowra.
• RECYCLE: They then get recycled into fitness circuits, sturdy outdoor furniture, bollards and other products.
So what can go in the bins?
• Bread bags
• Plastic film from grocery items
• Biscuit packets
• Cereal box liners
• Frozen food bags
• Old reusable bags
• Rice and pasta bags
• Newspaper wrap
• Confectionary packets
• Bubble wrap
Where does the plastic packaging go? The collected plastic is returned to RED Group’s facility for initial processing then delivered to Australian manufacturer Replas where it undergoes an incredible transformation.
The resulting recycled-plastic products are extremely robust, as well as water and termite resistant. They won’t crack, splinter or rot and will never need painting. Amazing!
Thanks to all the people in Canowindra who are supporting this scheme!