Countdown has set a company wide focus on recycling which has already seen our recycling rates increase significantly. We now recycle 27,000 tonnes of cardboard and plastic wrap and our entire recycling tonnage is 39% greater than it was was in 2006

Soft Plastic Recycling

Countdown is a founding member of the Soft Plastics Recycling Programme which was launched in 2015 and managed by the Packaging Forum . The Programme is designed to make recycling as easy as a trip to the supermarket! Just bring your soft plastic with you when you come to our stores (or give them to your online delivery driver) and we’ll do the rest for you!

A good way to work out what can be put in the soft plastic recycling scheme is to see whether the wrapper or packet can be scrunched in your hand. Including items like:

  • soft plastic bags
  • produce bags
  • bread, pasta and rice bags
  • frozen food bags
  • biscuit packets
  • cereal packet liners
  • confectionary and lolly wraps
  • courier bags
  • chocolate and muesli bar wrappers
  • squeeze pouches (without the lids)

Soft plastic recycling is available in all stores where the scheme runs. So far we have soft plastics recycling available in our Auckland, Waikato, Wellington and across the entire South Islands. The Soft Plastics Recycling Programme covers about 70% of New Zealand but is looking at ways to expand to other areas.

In some of our stores you’ll soon start to find some bench seats that are made from recycled plastic that has been collected in our supermarkets. These benches are made by Replas, and contain 10,500 recycled plastic bags! Our first two benches were installed at Countdown Greenlane in 2018 and we are looking to introduce more as the scheme continues.

Countdown online shoppers living in areas where the Soft Plastics Recycling scheme is in place (Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and South Island), can now also return their soft plastics to their delivery driver for recycling, instead of taking them into store.

Other items you'll find at Countdown that can be recycled

Apart from soft plastics, many of the items you buy at Countdown can be recycled. For example:

For more information and what items can be recycled in your local area, please head to your local council website.