Recycle your soft plastics using pre-paid courier bags

Our new pre-paid Soft Plastic Recycle Courier bags make recycling household soft plastics easy and accessible to Kiwis, all over NZ. 

Recycle your soft plastics using pre-paid courier bags

Our new pre-paid Soft Plastic Recycle Courier bags make recycling household soft plastics easy and accessible to Kiwis, all over NZ. 

Step 1: Organise

Wash & dry your soft plastic. 

Step 2: Pack

Fill your bag with clean soft plastic and seal when full. 

Step 3: Send

Book a courier pickup, or drop off at your local NZ Post store. 

Step 4: Renew

Your soft plastics will be transformed into long-life products. 

Where can I purchase a pre-paid Soft Plastic Recycle Courier bag?

Our Soft Plastic Recycle Courier bags are available in select NZ Post, New World, The Warehouse, and Warehouse Stationery outlets, and online, for $7 NZD.

Find Soft Plastic Recycle Courier Bags at these locations

NZ Post 
NZ Post online shop
Ellerslie (Auckland) 
Newmarket (Auckland)
Hardinge St (Auckland central)
Johsonville (Wellington)
Timaru 

New World 
Taumaranui
Aokautere (Palmerston North)
Broadway (Palmerston North)
Pioneer (Palmerston North)

The Warehouse Group
The Warehouse stores nationwide
The Warehouse online store
Warehouse Stationery stores nationwide
Warehouse Stationery online store
The Market

Our partnerships

We’ve partnered with The Packaging Forum and Future Post to give your soft plastics another life.

NZ Post courier in new uniform posing against scenic backdrop
NZ Post courier in new uniform posing against scenic backdrop

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Frequently Asked Questions

Things like bread bags, courier bags, bubble wrap, and dry pet food bags. 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.
 

Yes, you can put other soft plastic in the NZ Post pre-paid Soft Plastic Recycle Courier Bag, including NZ Post bags - as long as it’s clean and dry.

No, any other materials – including other plastics, compostable packaging, face masks, disposable gloves, or heavily soiled soft plastic – are not permitted. 

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.

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.

Fence posts, gate posts, letter box posts, flower beds, and more!

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.
 



These bags are available for a limited trial period from Friday 22nd April until Friday 22nd July, or while stocks last.