We’re REDcycle friendly: Here’s what you need to know!
We all want to do our best to recycle where possible, including keeping soft plastics out of landfill. That’s why we at BabyLove are excited to announce that the soft plastic packaging across all our products has been certified with REDcycle and can be recycled at any REDcycle point Australia wide. This means your nappy packaging could be transformed into anything from park benches to planter boxes!
Read on for some frequently asked questions to help you better understand how and why to REDcycle with BabyLove.
What is REDcycle?
REDcycle is a recycling organisation based right here in Australia. With so many different materials in our household and often confusing rules about which materials can be recycled, REDcycle launched their innovative Program to make it easier for consumers to keep soft plastic and packaging out of landfill.
Not all plastics are the same, which means that across *most of Australia, our kerbside collection recycling bins – the ones with the yellow lids – are designed only for specific products and materials. Soft plastics, if incorrectly added to your yellow recycling bin, can actually ‘contaminate’ the bin, which could mean that all your hard work in separating out the recycling could go to waste (pun intended). The REDcycle program was established in order to ensure that soft plastic waste is reprocessed correctly in Australia, so consumers can have peace of mind that their sorted plastics are going to the right place.
How does it work?
Simply bring your soft plastics, including your BabyLove soft packaging, to your nearest REDcycle collection bin and the RED Group will take it from there.
After you drop your soft plastics off, the RED Group process the materials locally and deliver it to their Australian manufacturer partners including Replas, Close the Loop and Plastic Forests.
Replas transform it into incredible recycle-plastic products such as indoor and outdoor furniture, bollards and signage. Close the Loop use REDcycle material for road infrastructure known as Tonerplas. Plastic Forests use REDcycle material to create products such as mini wheel stops and conditioner mounting blocks.
So, whether you’re out and about in schools or parks, or driving in your car, you may very well be using products created with REDcycle materials!
What else can I REDcycle?
In addition to all of our BabyLove soft plastic packaging, all soft plastics can be REDcycled. If you’re not sure, do the scrunch test – simply attempt to scrunch the plastic into a ball. If it can’t be scrunched, it can’t be REDcycled. Other commonly REDcycled everyday items include bread bags, pasta packaging, plastic bags, old green bags and confectionary bags. Check out a full list of REDcycle-friendly items here.
Where can I find a REDcycle collection point?
You will typically find a REDcycle bin near the checkout at the supermarket – easy peasy! If you haven’t seen one at your local Coles or Woolworths, you can find your nearest drop-off location by visiting REDcycle.net.au
*for more information on what can be recycled via your kerbside collection, please visit your local council website