- Coles, Woolworths and ALDI will work together on a taskforce to find a solution for the recycling of soft plastics.
- It comes after the REDcycle program was halted earlier this month.
- Coles and Woolworths have suspended the collection of softs plastics until another option can be found.
An interim authorisation was granted by Australia’s consumer watchdog to allow the major supermarkets to work together on a solution, which could otherwise fall foul of competition provisions in the Competition and Consumer Act.
Consumer recycling of soft plastic has also grown exponentially in recent years, with a 350 per cent increase in plastic returned since 2019, REDcycle said.
“Unless we’re buying packaging and product made out of recycled plastic, we’re not really recycling, we’re just collecting,” she said on Tuesday.