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Can you Recycle Bubble Wrap?

Bubble wrap is a popular product used by online businesses to protect and cushion fragile items during shipping and Yes Bubble Wrap can be Recycled at your local Woolworths and Coles Supermarket.

Just look for the REDCYCLE Bins and simply put your Bubble wrap for recycling just like any other plastic satchels/courier bags. If your Bubble wrap is over A3 size the REDCYCLE program require you to cut it into pieces less than A3 and it also make it fit better in the REDCYCLE drop off Bin. Please note your Council “Yellow” Bins cannot be used to Recycle any Soft plastics like Bubble Wrap.

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The following FAQ will answer your questions regarding Bubble Wrap recycling for your eCommerce Business so you can do your part as a responsible user of Bubble Wrap.

1. Why is it important to Recycle your Bubble Wrap?

Bubble Wrap will remain in our landfills for hundreds of years so it is up to us to recycle the Bubble Wrap for it to be reused again and again.

2. Where can I Recycle Bubble Wrap?

Woolworths and Coles Supermarkets have REDCYCLE Bins where you can put your Bubble Wrap to recycle. To see if your local supermarket participate in this Click Here.

3. Why I cannot put Bubble Wrap into my Yellow Bin for recycling?

Your local council “Yellow” recycling bin is for hard plastics, glass jars and aluminium ONLY like coke cans and milk cartons. If you look carefully in your Waste disposal guidelines it will state that Soft plastics like Bubble Wrap and courier bags cannot be recycled there as it can jam the recycling machines and cause issues in the recycling plant.

4. What do I need to do before I put my Bubble Wrap into the REDCYCLE Bins?

There is not much you need to do before putting the Bubble Wrap into the REDCYCLE Bins apart from removing any adhesive tape that may be on parts of the bubble wrap. Other than that as long as each piece of Bubble Wrap is within A3 size it would be fine to just drop it in. If each piece is larger can A3 size (approx. 30x42cm) then just cut it into size before you head to your local Woolworths or Coles Supermarket. And Yes they will accept both popped and un-popped bubble wrap.

Overall Bubble Wrap is not the most environmentally friendly packaging product in the world so it is imperative that we in the eCommerce community reuse it again and again and the only way to do that is to Recycle it in the REDCYCLE Bins at your local Woolworths and Coles Supermarkets.

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