Council is working on a multi-staged approach to soft plastic recycling options in Lake Macquarie and investigating opportunities to expand on our offerings over time.
The Awaba CRC is currently the best available option for collecting soft plastics.
This is due to materials handling and storage requirements, and a need to closely supervise any drop off points to minimise contamination.
Council is planning to construct a new Community Recycling Centre at Floraville Road, Belmont which would also accept soft plastics along with other household problem wastes like batteries, gas bottles, paint, etc.
Visit Eastlakes Community Recycling Centre for more information.
It is likely that the Federal Government or the Packaging Industry will introduce an extended producer responsibility (EPR) scheme for soft plastics packaging in the year ahead.
Such a scheme would mean that manufacturers, importers and sellers of packaged products would fund the recycling and buy back recycled polymer for inclusion in new packaging products.
Council would seek to align any future wider-reaching community soft plastics recovery services with the operational parameters this emerging EPR scheme.