Giving soft plastics a new life!

Welcome to the Curby Soft Plastics Program!

Join thousands of Australian homes and businesses keeping soft plastic out of landfill.

Download the Curby App to get started!

“The best initiative ever! Has been easy and made our household more aware of every recycling opportunity than ever before. As a result we now have a lot less waste in our red bin and are spreading the word about recycling programs in our workplaces. Well done! And thanks for the opportunity”

“The best initiative ever! Has been easy and made our household more aware of every recycling opportunity than ever before. As a result we now have a lot less waste in our red bin and are spreading the word about recycling programs in our workplaces. Well done! And thanks for the opportunity”

Kerbside soft plastic recycling made easy

As a participant of the Curby program you will be able to put soft plastics into your yellow lid recycling bin by using the CurbyBags and CurbyTags we provide when you sign up.

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Why recycle your soft plastic?

How the Curby program works

Easy as 1, 2, 3!

Fill the bag with clean soft plastics. When the bag is FULL (as possible), compress it and tightly tie. Then attach a CurbyTag as shown.

Soft plastic must not be placed loose into your yellow lid recycling bin. Please tightly tie your CurbyBag.

Scan the QR code

Use the Curby app to scan the CurbyTag and then put the bag into your yellow lid recycling bin.

Be rewarded for your recycling

Earn CurbyPoints and track your contributions on your home leaderboard.

Curby program results so far

Here’s what our participants had to say

Know your soft plastics

Here are just some of the soft plastic types you can start recycling right away.

Any Soft Plastic With These Labels and any similar soft plastic as listed below

Soft plastics, the kind that can be scrunched into a ball

Chocolate, biscuits,
ice cream and snack wrappers (outer wrapper only)

Confectionery, crackers and chips packets (silver lined)

Plastic liners, bubble and cling wraps, snap lock bags / zip lock bags

Veggies, fresh and frozen food wrappers

Document sleeves, plastic post satchels and carrier bags

Cellophane, newspaper and magazine wraps

Plastic bags and old reusable bags

Pasta bags, rice bags (both plastic and the woven type), bread bags (without the tie), cereal liners

Plastic pet food bags, clean potting mix and compost bags

Fresh produce bags, netting produce bags (any metal clips removed)

Common questions about Soft Plastic

Why soft plastics?

In 2017-18 only 29,000 tonnes of the 449,000 tonnes of soft plastics used in Australia was recycled (6%). To increase recycling rates and reduce soft plastic in landfill, we need to find new ways to collect and recycle soft plastics: Curby is testing new ways to do this. (source: APCO – Our packaging future report)

What will be done with the soft plastic collected?

The soft plastic will be delivered to iQ Renew’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF) on the NSW Central Coast, where it will be sorted and then sent for processing.

We are working with a number of innovative solutions suitable for soft plastic processing, including the development of a Soft Plastics Engineered Commodity facility (SPEC facility) that will segregate the material into various streams so that it is easy to make new plastic items, particularly hard-wearing outdoor uses like decking, bollards, outdoor furniture and signs and also as a resource for advanced recycling. Advaned recycling transforms plastic back into the oil and chemicals it originally came from.

Some soft plastic collected in the Curby trial was tested as a feedstock for Cat-HTR™ process at Licella’s pilot plant on the NSW Central Coast.

I’m not in the Curby Program – how can I recycle my soft plastics?

Soft plastic packaging is also recycled by the REDcycle program – simply take your soft plastics to the in-store bin marked REDcycle at participating Coles and Woolworths stores – click here to find your nearest store

Does the Curby program operate with other recycling programs?

The Curby Program has been initiated by key project sponsors iQ Renew and Nestlé.

The REDcycle program is a product stewardship scheme which collects soft plastic packaging in-store in Coles and Woolworths for recycling. This scheme has grown significantly; however, there is potential for soft plastic recycling rates to be increased.

The Curby Program aims to complement REDcycle by offering another option to households to recycle soft plastics, by testing collection in kerbside recycling bins. We encourage Central Coast residents to continue supporting the REDcycle return to store program.

Which plastics can I put in my Curby bag?

Curby will only accept clean soft plastics placed inside a Curby bag, with a CurbyTag attached. Soft plastics, or flexible plastics, that can generally be scrunched into a ball including:

  • Clean soft plastics
  • Empty packaging with the ‘Return to Store’ or ‘Store Drop Off’ ARL (Australasian Recycling Label) symbol; and
  • Other similar soft plastic packaging.
Can I put recycling other than soft plastics in my Curby bag?

No. The Curby bag is only for clean soft plastics. A full list of what can and can’t go in the Curby bags will be provided to residents. This is because the contents of the Curby bag are not sorted; rather, the entire bag and its contents go straight into processing. Please place your other recycling loosely into the recycling bin.

Why do you need to collect my details to be part of the Curby Program? What data will you be capturing and how will this be used?

A primary objective for the Curby Program is to make sure that the systems we have set up to identify and sort materials in our sorting facility are effective. The QR Code – which will be unique to each tag – will help us do this. By monitoring participation in the Curby program from households, we hope to better understand the process and improve it ahead of wider a national roll-out.

All communication from the Curby program co-ordinators is distributed on an opt-in basis. As Curby is a trial initially, we may need to communicate with you and seek your feedback more frequently. For trial participants, we may require some additional information such as:

  • Name
  • Home address
  • Email
  • Mobile (optional)
  • Dwelling type
  • Age bracket
  • Other information as required to facilitate a successful trial program

 

The total weight of all the bags collected each day will be measured as a batch so that we can understand the volume of material being diverted from landfill.

For more information on our Data and Privacy Policy, click here.

I have used all my Curby Bags and CurbyTags, can I order more bags?

To order more CurbyTags & Bags simply download the Curby app, click settings and then “order”. Alternatively you can email us at support@curbcycle.com.au with your address details and we will arrange for another pack to be sent.

Can I put more than one Curby bag in my yellow recycling bin?

Yes you can, as long as:

  • They fit in your recycling bin,
  • The bin lid is fully closed, and
  • There’s a CurbyTag or QR Codes on each CurbyBag.
What if my recycling bin is full already?

One of the benefits of soft plastic is it’s easy to scrunch and compress, so try compressing your CurbyBag – it may be easier to fit around the harder objects in your recycling bin. 

If my recycling bin is full, can I put the Curby bags in my red lid (landfill) bin?

No. CurbyBags that go into the red (landfill) bin will go to landfill.

Will the Curby program operate with other soft plastic programs?

The Curby Program has been initiated by key project sponsors iQ Renew and Nestlé.

The REDcycle program is a product stewardship scheme which collects soft plastic packaging in-store in Coles and Woolworths for recycling. This scheme has grown significantly; however, there is potential for soft plastic recycling rates to be increased.

The Curby Program aims to complement REDcycle by offering another option to households to recycle soft plastics, by testing collection in kerbside recycling bins. We encourage Central Coast residents to continue supporting the REDcycle return to store program.

Join the thousands of Australian homes who have diverted 8,000+ tonnes of soft plastic from landfill

Download the Curby App and give your soft plastics a new life