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Lightweight plastic shopping bags have a thickness of 35 microns or less. These include degradable, biodegradable and compostable plastic shopping bags.
Plastic bags end up in our landfill, harm our wildlife, and break up into smaller and smaller fragments that continue to cause environmental harm, ending up in our water and even in our food.
Use reusable bags to reduce your impact on the environment.
You can also avoid other single-use plastics like sandwich bags, freezer bags and garbage bags.
A soft plastic is a type of plastic that can be scrunched into a ball.
If you cannot avoid using soft plastics, it is important that you do not put them in your recycling bin at home.
Drop them off at supermarkets that take part in the REDcycle program.
You can use the REDcycle program for items such as:
The REDcycle program does not accept straws, hard plastics such as biscuit and meat trays, and certain items.
Visit the REDcycle website for information on items that are accepted and how to recycle them.
Find the nearest drop-off point