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
The Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme has resumed collections at 41 Countdowns across the Auckland, Waikato, Wellington and Northland regions. The Scheme is working with processors, Future Post in Auckland, which converts the soft plastics collected into plastic fence posts and with Second Life Plastics in Levin, which converts the soft plastics into garden edging and cable covers.
To make sure the amount the Scheme collects matches with New Zealand’s local capacity to process soft plastics, the scheme is restarting in phases. While the scheme may extend to other areas around New Zealand in the future, for now their focus is on developing a successful collection and processing system on a smaller scale that makes full re-use of all the plastic collected.
For more information on which stores are involved, visit: https://www.recycling.kiwi.nz/store-locator
Other items you'll find at Countdown that can be recycled
Many of the items you buy at Countdown can be recycled. For example:
- Meat trays and the plastic film that goes around them once rinsed
- Rigid packaging in our bakery and deli
For more information and what items can be recycled in your local area, please head to your local council website.