The Brisbane City Council has a page dedicated to recycling and have produced a handy guide.

Soft Plastics

Plastics that can be scrunched into a ball are soft plastics. Coles and some Woolworths have drop off points  dedicated to “REDcycling“. These bins are usually found at the front of the store. To check your nearest location search here.


Biscuit packets (outer wrapper only)

Bread bags (without the tie)

Bubble wrap (large sheets cut into A3 size pieces)

Cat and dog food pouches (as clean and dry as possible)

Cellophane from bunches of flowers (cut into A3 size pieces)

Cereal box liners

Chip and cracker packets (silver lined)

Chocolate and snack bar wrappers

Cling film – GLAD, COLES HOME brand and WOOLWORTHS Essentials Home brand ONLY

Confectionery bags

Document sleeves (remove the white reinforcement strip along the holes)

Dry pet food bags

Fresh produce bags

Frozen food bags

Green bags (woven polypropylene bags)

Ice cream wrappers

Large sheets of plastic that furniture comes wrapped in (cut into A3 size pieces)

Meat – plastic packaging that has contained meat (rinse and dry first)

Netting produce bags (any metal clips removed)

Newspaper and magazine wrap

Pasta bags

Pet food bags (chaff/horse/chicken) – both the plastic and woven polypropylene types (but not woven nylon). Cut into A3 size pieces and shake free of as much product as possible

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 – both the plastic and woven polypropylene types (cut into A3 size pieces and free of as much product as possible)

Rice bags – both plastic and the woven type (if large, cut into A3 size pieces)

Snap lock bags / zip lock bags

Squeeze pouches with lid on (e.g. yogurt/baby food)

Wine/water 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

Balloons (of any kind)

Bathroom/shower loofahs

Biodegradable/degradable/compostable plastics

Blister packs, tablets and capsule packaging

Blow up pool, pool toys or beds – plastic or PVC

Bread bag tags

Christmas tinsel and Christmas trees

Cling film – with the EXCEPTION OF GLAD, COLES HOME brand and WOOLWORTHS Essentials Home brand

Cooler bags

Disposable food handling gloves of any variety

Drinking straws

Film negatives and x-rays

Fishing line

Foam or polystyrene of any kind (including soft flexible foam)

Foil / Alfoil of any kind

Food waste


Laminated materials and overhead transparencies

Medical waste materials

Nylon – woven, soft or fishing line

Paper and cardboard

Paper post packs

Plastic/clear vinyl packaging from sheets and doonas etc

Plastic strapping used for securing boxes and pallets

Polyester of any kind

Powdered milk packets, made of foil


Rope of any variety

Rubber, rubber gloves, latex

Solar pool covers


Tin cans

VHS Tape

Vinyl – any type of vinyl packaging

Wet plastic materials as mould is a problem for us

Wine/water bladders – foil based

Wrapping paper and cardboard, ribbons or bows