23 Oct Let’s Keep Soft Plastics Out of Our Landfills and Oceans
What happens to soft plastics after I drop it off at the depot?
Please note that the following are not recyclable:
Vinyl bags (often used as packaging for pillows and comforters)
Carry Bags with PVC/Vinyl mixed (the kind sold at grocery stores)
Plastic bags made for disposal (garbage bags, compost/leaf bags)
Plastic squeeze tubes (toothpaste)
Crinkly cellophane wrap (most commonly used for flower arrangements)
Any Packaging labelled biodegradable, compostable or oxo-degradable
These last two are worth noting, as more and more biodegradable packaging replaces plastic, these will need to be thrown in the garbage, so they can degrade in the landfill. We will all need to keep learning and adapting as innovations continue and plastic packaging is replaced with biodegradable and compostable alternatives. Check your labels rather than guessing. Ask our friendly staff if you need help, as biodegradable and mixed recycling can sometimes be tricky to identify.
Please bring in clean and dry plastic.
Hot tip: use the last of your dishes water to swish out any food particles from your plastic and air dry it on your dish rack.