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04 April 2022 | Sustainability

Soft Plastics recycling available nationwide

32 The Warehouse locations across New Zealand will offer the service via collection bins, accepting items including produce bags, frozen food bags, bread, rice and pasta bags and more.

“We are committed to operating in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way, and programmes like this help our customers live their lives in the same way,” says David Benattar, The Warehouse Group’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “We had tremendous success the first time around and are glad to see the support increasing for this type of programme.”

The plastics collected through the programme are recycled into a range of items, with pieces this year going to 2nd Life Plastics and Future Post, organisations that turn plastic into cable covers, garden edging and fence posts for agriculture and farming.

Since first launching in our stores in October 2015, close to 15.5 million individual units of soft plastic have been collected to date and diverted from landfill. That equates to nearly 70 tonnes.

Malcolm Everts, Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme Chair says: “This scheme is an incredible opportunity for New Zealand consumers to become more aware of their waste. Having partners like The Warehouse on board ensures accessibility for consumers across Auckland who will have the opportunity to reduce their plastic waste and turn it into functional, sustainable products, made here in NZ.”

The list of The Warehouse stores included in the soft plastics recycling scheme can be found below:

  • Albany - Don McKinnon Drive
  • Barrington - Barrington Mall, Athelstan Street
  • Belfast - 1 Radcliffe Road
  • Dunedin South - 64 Hillside Road
  • Eastgate - 20 Buckleys Road
  • Hamilton City - Cnr Ward & Anglesea Streets
  • Hastings - 620 Karamu Road North
  • Hillcrest - 265 Clyde Street
  • Hornby - 17 Chalmers Street
  • Lyall Bay - Cnr Georgebolt St & Cochrane St
  • Manukau - 54 Cavendish Drive
  • Masterton - Cnr Chapel and, Russell Street
  • Milford - Milford Shopping Centre
  • Mt Wellington - Lunn Ave
  • Napier - 319 Hastings Street
  • Newmarket - 64-74 Broadway
  • Northlands - Sissons Drive &, Sawyers Arms Road
  • Oamaru - 27 Eden Street
  • Pakuranga - 1 Aylesbury Street
  • Petone - Annie Huggan Grove
  • Porirua - Cnr Tutu Place &, Wi Neera Drive
  • Pukekohe - 124 Manukau Road
  • Queensgate - 5 Bloomfield Terrace
  • Riccarton - 265 Blenheim Road
  • Royal Oak - 100 Pah Road
  • Silverdale - Silverdale Centre, 61 Silverdale Street
  • Southcity - Cnr Bath and, Colombo Street
  • St Lukes - 7 Wagener Place
  • Sylvia Park Mall
  • Te Rapa - The Base, cnr Te Rapa Road & Avalon Drive
  • Upper Hutt - Logan Central Mall - Queen Street
  • Westgate - Fernhill Drive

For more information on the scheme please visit: https://www.recycling.kiwi.nz/solutions/soft-plastics

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