Over the past 18 months, AlburyCity has been working with local NSW businesses to successfully recover commercial soft plastic waste.
Through a collection point established at the Albury Waste Management Centre, almost 18t of soft plastic such as bubble wrap, builder’s wrap and clear plastic was collected.
Under the trial, that was funded through the Circulate Industrial Ecology Grant Program, 26.98t of material was recycled and re-manufactured into new garden products through a partnership with local company, Plastic Forests.
A fortnightly business collection was also established that involved 19 businesses including:
The trial was received with excitement by local business, with many looking at alternative options for their soft plastic in the future.
“The trial was great and worked well. We will continue to recycle our soft plastics by taking them directly to the Albury Waste Management Centre” —
The drop-off point will continue after the conclusion of the trial, with businesses encouraged to bring their soft plastic to the site free of charge. Alternatively, waste service providers such as Cleanaway, JJ Richards, Veolia and North East Waste also have options for recycling commercial soft plastic.
This project was a NSW Environmental Protection Authority, Waste Less Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.