11 The Warehouse locations in the Auckland region will offer the service via collection bins in stores from the 20th of May, 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.

First launched in October 2015, the programme exceeded expectations, with over 40 tonnes or approximately 10.5 million pieces collected and recycled nationwide as at July 2016.

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

  • Albany - Don McKinnon Drive
  • Birkenhead - Birkenhead Shopping Centre
  • Glenfield Mall
  • Manukau - 54 Cavendish Drive
  • Milford - Milford Shopping Centre
  • Newmarket - 64-74 Broadway
  • Pukekohe - 124 Manukau Road
  • Royal Oak - 100 Pah Road
  • Sylvia Park Mall
  • Westgate - Fernhill Drive
  • The Warehouse Store Support Office - 26 The Warehouse Way

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

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