NZ AU What To Redcycle – Redcycle

what to REDcycle

The REDcycle Program makes it easy for consumers to keep plastic bags and packaging out of landfill.

do the scrunch test!

Please make sure your plastic is dry and as empty as possible.


Here’s a quick guide to some of the most commonly recycled items:

For the full list of what can be accepted by REDcycle, see below.


We cannot accept;

  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic containers
  • Any rigid plastic such as meat trays, biscuit trays or strawberry punnets
  • Glass
  • Rubber
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Tin cans
  • Food waste

For a full list of what cannot be accepted by REDcycle, see below.

*If it can’t be accepted by REDcycle, contact your local council to check if it can go in your roadside collection bin.

how to REDcycle

you collect

  • Collect all the soft plastics that you can’t recycle at home.
  • Please ensure it is dry and as empty as possible.

you drop

  • Drop your soft plastics into your nearest REDcycle collection bin and RED Group will do the rest.
  • There are more than 630 participating supermarkets around Australia. Find the REDcycle drop off point nearest to you.
  • REDcycle bins are typically located near the checkout. If you have trouble finding it, please ask the supermarket’s customer service desk.

we recycle

  • The collected plastic is returned to RED Group’s facility for initial processing, then delivered to Victorian manufacturer Replas where it undergoes an incredible transformation.
  • Replas uses the material as the resource to produce a huge range of recycled-plastic products, from fitness circuits to sturdy outdoor furniture, bollards, signage and more.

the comprehensive list of what to REDcycle


  • Biscuit packets (outer wrapper only)
  • Bread bags (without the tie)
  • Bubble wrap (large sheets cut into A3 size pieces)
  • Cereal box liners
  • Chip and cracker packets (silver lined)
  • Chocolate and snack bar wrappers
  • Cling Wrap - free of food residue
  • Confectionery bags
  • Dry pet food bags
  • Fresh produce bags
  • Frozen food bags
  • Green bags (Polypropylene Bags)
  • Ice cream wrappers
  • Large sheets of plastic that furniture comes wrapped in (cut into A3 size pieces)
  • Netting produce bags (any metal clips removed)
  • Newspaper and magazine wrap
  • Pasta bags
  • Plastic Australia Post satchels
  • Plastic carrier bags from all stores
  • Plastic film wrap from grocery items such as nappies and toilet paper
  • Plastic sachets
  • Potting mix and compost bags (cut into A3 size pieces and free of as much product as possible)
  • Rice bags
  • Snap lock bags / zip lock bags
  • Squeeze pouches with lid on
  • Wine bladders - clear plastic ones only
  • Please make sure your plastic is dry and as empty as possible.
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic containers
  • Any rigid plastic such as meat trays, biscuit trays or strawberry punnets
  • Adhesive tape
  • Blister packs, tablets and capsule packaging
  • Bread bag tags
  • Cat and dog food pouches (these are predominantly foil)
  • Coffee bags
  • Cooler bags
  • Disposable food handling gloves of any variety
  • Drinking straws
  • Film negatives and x-rays
  • Foam or polystyrene of any kind
  • Foil / Alfoil of any kind
  • Food waste
  • Glass
  • Medical waste materials
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Paper post packs
  • Plastic packaging that has contained meat
  • Plastic strapping used for securing boxes and pallets
  • Powdered milk packets, made of foil
  • Rubber, rubber gloves, latex
  • Tarpaulins
  • Tin cans
  • Wet plastic materials as mould is a problem for us
  • Wine bladders - foil based

Please note that the REDcycle Program has been developed for post consumer household plastic. Participating supermarkets are not obliged to accept large volumes of commercial plastic waste.