Soft plastics

Alberton residents are currently involved in a kerbside recycling program for soft plastics. This is part of our commitment to helping residents to recycle more of their waste.

An innovative soft plastics recycling program

For the last 12 months, we have invited just under 1,000 households to participate in a free scheme to recycle soft plastics at home. The trial is an easy and convenient way to recycle soft plastics from home using the City of PAE's existing yellow recycling bin and kerbside collection. We are using the Curby Soft Plastics Program for the trial.

The trial will help us to assess whether recycling soft plastics through kerbside yellow recycling bins is feasible on an ongoing basis – and if so, what is the best way to do this.

We are working with the Central Adelaide Waste and Recycling Authority and the Australian Food and Grocery Council to deliver this trial and will give updates about the outcomes.

The information we gather through the trial will help inform the design of a scalable model for large-scale 'bag-in-bin' kerbside collection. The trial is one of a number being conducted across Australia to help design the model for kerbside soft plastics collection and recycling. The ultimate goal is to create a sustainable, efficient and advanced recycling industry for soft plastics across Australia.

Funding for this trial is provided by the City of PAE, the Australian Food and Grocery manufacturing industry, Green Industries SA and the Australian Government.

Instructions for soft plastic program participants

Eligible households have received their recycling packs. To recycle your soft plastics:

  1. Fill your CurbyBag with clean and dry soft plastics
  2. Make sure that your bag is completely full (it should look like a stuffed pillow)
  3. Compress the bag and tie it tightly
  4. Attach a CurbyTag and use the Curby app to scan the QR code
  5. Put the CurbyBag into your yellow recycling bin

Remember: Never, ever put loose soft plastics into your yellow recycling bin. Loose soft plastics can damage the sorting machinery at the recycling facility. They may also damage waste trucks.

Understanding soft plastics FAQ

Soft plastic packaging includes the 'scrunchable' plastic bags and wrappers that food, grocery and other products come in. The most common items are bread bags, breakfast cereal bags, frozen vegetable bags, ice cream wrappers, confectionery bags, cling wrap, bubble wrap and plastic wrapping from toilet paper.

Know your plastics.

The yellow CurbyBags will be manually collected at the CAWRA materials recovery facility, where they will be baled and sent interstate to APR Plastics in Victoria. APR recycle the soft plastics through an advanced recycling process that converts the material into an oil that can then be used to make new plastics.

Soft plastic packaging keeps food fresh, safe and intact. By taking part in this trial, the soft plastic packaging can be recycled instead of going to landfill.

Our bagged soft plastics kerbside recycling trial is the start of a bigger plan to design an industry-led scheme for recycling soft plastic packaging in Australia. The scheme aims to create an advanced recycling industry producing recycled, food-grade soft plastic packaging, which currently isn’t made in Australia. The trial in Alberton is one of a number of trials being conducted in Australia to help design the model for kerbside collection and sorting of used soft plastics.

We can all play a part in reducing single use plastics. You can help by:

  • Choosing to buy unwrapped produce where you can
  • Bringing your own shopping veggie bags from home
  • Choosing bulk products where possible and using containers to store and transport individual portions
  • Choosing glass bottles, or buying containers only when they are made from recycled plastic

Soft plastics trial FAQ

At present, only residential households in Alberton who have received and are using CurbyPacks can participate in the trial. If you are not eligible to participate in the trial or if you don't have any CurbyBags, please don't place any soft plastics in your recycling bin.

Please note that businesses in Alberton are not participating in the trial.

Yes – new Alberton residents can collect their CurbyBags from the Civic Centre, 163 St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide.

Taking part in this trial is not compulsory, but we’d love you to participate. By participating in the trial, you are helping us to build and design a model for successful bagged soft plastics recycling in Australia. You might also be surprised at how much more space you have in your regular rubbish bin come collection night.

If you don't want to participate, please return your starter pack via return-to-sender mail. Alternatively, you can drop the pack in at our Civic Centre.

Please don't pass on starter packs to friends or family, because only households in the trial area can participate.

If you received a pack of CurbyBags in the post and you run out of bags before the end of the 12-month trial period, you can collect additional bags from our Civic Centre at 163 St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide.

Unfortunately, only households in the selected trial area can take part in the bagged soft plastics recycling trial. Please don’t put any soft plastics in your recycling bin if you aren’t part of the trial.

Please contact us if you live in Alberton but did not receive your pack.

Yes. Thanks to the support of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, the Australian Government, the Australian food and grocery manufacturing industry, Green Industries SA and the City of PAE, this trial service is provided at no cost to participating households.

We need soft plastics to be collected in a dedicated bag because loose soft plastics can jam up recycling machinery in trucks and at recycling facilities. The yellow trial bags have been provided specifically because they are the right strength, and because they are easy to identify and sort if you have filled and sealed them correctly.

Remember to dispose of all other recyclable items in your yellow recycling bin loosely, the way you normally would (not in any kind of bag).

Ensure that your yellow bag is full like a pillow and has the air compressed out of it before placing it in the yellow recycling bin.

Yes. Only clean and dry plastics can be recycled.