Recycling

Improving a sustainable environment

At Fresh & Green Sydney Pty Ltd, we pride our selves on keeping abreast of environmental issues and being friendly to the environment. Since the early 80’s we have been operating our own recycling division, enabling us to recycle our waste plastic turning it into products such as garbage bags and building film. This also means that we are able to keep prices as low as possible as all waste is re-used during the manufacturing process.

Recycling Tips

Did you know?

  1. 6.9 billion plastic bags are used in Australia every year
  2. Only 3% of plastic bags used in Australia are recycled!(information obtained from the Clean up Australia website)
  3. Plastic bags are easily recycled and most major plastic bag manufacturers have in-house plastic recycling facilities.

We Recycle 2 types of plastic:

  • High Density Polyethelene (HDPE) bags. Examples of these are the thin “supermarket” style bags that most retailers use. A HDPE bag is identifiable due to its “crackly” properties. There are collection bays for recycling at most supermarkets.
  • Low Density Polyethelene (LDPE) bags. Examples of these are the “boutique” style bags that are generally used for luxury items by retailers. They are also used to package items such as mop heads, magazines and furniture. A LDPE bag is identifiable due to its “soft-feel” properties. Local councils need to be petitioned to provide more collection bays for this type of plastic.

Do’s and Don’ts of Recycling

  • Do remove items such as sales receipts, coupons, staples, coins and other objects that interfere with recycling.
  • Don’t include plastic snack packages, food wrap, or bags with drawstrings or plastic handles.
  • Do petition your local council to recycle plastic bags if they don’t already!!! The onus is on all of us to re-use this valuable resource.

The Recycling Process

  • Step 1: Consumers collect and build up a store of plastic bags first removing all items which interfere with the recycling process such as paper and register receipts.
  • Step 2: The plastic bags are collected by the recycler, sorted into the appropriate colour groups and stored in bales.
  • Step 3: The plastic is loaded onto the ramp, chopped, melted down and extruded back into pellets ready to be reused as recycled bags.