UQ says yes to soft plastics recycling

14 Jun 2017

soft plasticsDid you know that UQ now provides soft plastics recycling on campus? Soft plastics—which include any plastic that can be easily scrunched into a ball—can present a problem for council kerbside recycling, as they often get caught in the recycling machinery. But UQ now has a soft plastics recycling stream, which means that you can recycle the following items:

  • plastic shopping bags
  • shrinkwrap or pallet wrap
  • soft packaging for items such as biscuits, pasta, confectionery and frozen food
  • bread and cereal bags.

The following items are not suitable for the soft plastics recycling stream:

  • plastic bottles
  • plastic containers (e.g., yoghurt containers)
  • any other forms of rigid plastic (e.g., meat trays or strawberry punnets)
  • glass
  • rubber
  • tin cans.

Soft plastic recyling poster can be found here.

All you need to do is collect your soft plastic waste and designate a storage area for it in your office. There's no need to remove any small paper labels—unless they're larger than A5 size—from packaging such as shrinkwrap, as a little bit of paper won't affect the recycling process.

Once you've amassed at least one shopping bag's worth of waste, just email recycle@pf.uq.edu.au to request collection.

While the new soft plastics recycling initiative is great news for sustainable practice on campus, the best environmental choice you can make is to avoid your use of plastic as much as you can. For tips about how to do this, read our round-up of the recent Green Office #UQ5DaysofPlastic plastic-reducing initiative. And happy recycling!

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