Frequently asked questions
The programme takes all soft plastics including:
- bread bags
- produce & frozen food bags
- chip bags
- pasta and rice bags
- confectionery and biscuit wrap
- squeeze pouches
- shopping bags
- toilet paper packaging
- sanitary hygiene packaging
- courier bags – including NZ Post bags
- bubble wrap
If you’re unsure, take the scrunch/squeeze test – scrunch/squeeze your plastic up, and if it doesn’t bounce back to its shape, we can take it. For more information, click here.
No, contamination is a really big problem. These materials are not permitted:
- heavily soiled soft plastic
- hard plastics such as meat trays, biscuit trays and bottles
- compostable packaging
- face masks
- disposable gloves
- coffee cups
- metal cans, tins and lids
- paper or cardboard
- reusable shopping bags
When purchasing a pre-paid Soft Plastic Recycle Courier bag, you have already paid for a courier pick-up. Simply book a courier online, and we’ll collect your pre-paid Soft Plastic Recycle Courier Bag. However, you can also drop your pre-paid Soft Plastic Recycle Courier bag into any NZ Post store nationwide.
No. This pre-paid Soft Plastic Recycle Courier bag is only eligible for returning soft plastics which will automatically be sent to the soft plastic collection point.
The soft plastic is consolidated and bundled up ready to send off to Future Post, who turn your soft plastic into fence posts – used on farms, parks, gardens and wineries around NZ.
Not all Kiwis have access to a local soft plastic collection bin, or they’re unable to easily drop their soft plastics off.
This trial has been set up with ease and access in mind. For NZ Post, this is not a profit-making exercise. The cost of the bag covers all the operational costs – from the production of the courier bag, to collection and transportation and the handling of the soft plastics to Future Post.
We thought about this a lot and tried to ensure we minimised the environmental impact as much as possible. The pre-paid Soft Plastic Recycle Courier bag is made from 80% recycled plastic. It holds up to three weeks’ worth of soft plastic waste for the average household. The emissions associated with the collection are offset, making it Carbon Neutral.