Where Can I Recycle DURAPLAS Plastic Bags?

How can I recycle my plastic bags?

Recyclesmart and Curby are services which collects a wider range of products for recycling – including Duraplas plastic bags, books, clothing and even e-waste. In just a few clicks, eligible residents can book a collection where a driver will come to collect your items.

What happens to recycled plastic bags?

The REDcycle Program was a recovery initiative for post-consumer soft plastic such as Duraplas. REDcycle is no longer in operation however there are a number of other organisations recycling plastic bags to be repurposed into bins, outdoor furniture and other recycled products.

Martogg and Company have been manufacturing and marketing polymer compounds, engineering and commodity resins and recycled plastics for the Australian plastics industry and export markets since 1975. Their combined annual capacity for Recycling and Compounding stands at over 100,000 tonnes .

APR operates a Biofabrik WASTX operation system which transforms waste plastics such as multi-layer films into high quality, energetically usable products. Each of these units has the capability to process up to 1000kgs of recycled plastics per day.

Once the plastic has been prepared for recycling and turned back into pellets, the magic happens with manufacturers such as Replas and Plastic Forrests. These companies manufacturer a range of outdoor furniture and other products that give your plastic bags a second, and even a third life.

Where can I learn more?

There are a number of organisations who are passionate about the circular economy and plastics recycling. Click the links below to learn more.

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Recycle With Curby From Home

Big change coming to yellow recycling bins

In great news for the environment, the National Plastic Recycling Scheme led by the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has announced a partnership with Curby and local councils to implement kerbside soft plastic pick-up.

Six local council areas from Melbourne and Adelaide are taking part in the trial. The success of the trial would increase investment in processing capability.

Show Your Support For Recycled Plastics – Choose Plastic Forests

Plastic Forests manufacture a wide range of quality, sustainable products such as fence posts, bollards, underground cable cover and wheel stops, as well as durable GreenMongrel® garden products including stakes, garden beds and edging. Plastic Forests provide a circular economy solution for soft plastics (such as plastic bags, silage wrap and packaging) which typically end up in landfill.

Plastic Forests world-leading technology and sustainable products have earned us a raft of awards including the NSW Green Globe Award for Innovation, the Inside Waste ‘Circular Economy Award’ and the ‘Outstanding Facility Award’.

Recycled Plastic Public Furniture Products By Replas

Replas are an Australian leader in mixed recycled plastic manufacturer, who provide a viable solution for plastic waste. For more than 30 years, Replas has been producing a range of over 200 durable outdoor products.

Product off-cuts or damaged goods are also recycled by Replas, they are melted down and used to create more sustainable products to be re-distributed back into the community. Products that reach the end of their long shelf life are also accepted for recycling.

What Do The Recycling Symbols Mean?

Knowing what you can recycle, and where, can be confusing. Most packaging may include a combination of both recyclable and non-recyclable components. We’re pleased to include an easy to recognise recycling symbols on Duraplas bags. The symbols are designed to be easily recognisable.

The logos will provide you with all the information you need at a glance to make the right recycling choice. The symbol helps avoid sending recyclable materials to landfill. Simply look for the symbols and follow the guidance on the label for each packaging component. You’ll be playing your part for a greener tomorrow.

This symbol recognises the bag as a quality, Duraplas plastic bag. It directs consumers to where they can find more information about recycling Duraplas.

This symbol provides information about which parts of the packaging can be recycled and which should be disposed of thoughtfully.

This symbol provides specific codes for the plastics used in the individual packaging components. The symbols also show which components should be disposed of in general waste.

Better For Oceans. 100% Recyclable

The REDcycle program transforms Duraplas bags and other soft plastics into a wide range of new products. Some examples include outdoor benches and play equipment, bins and even road base. One great example is that in the 12 months to June 2021 9 tonnes of soft plastic (over two million plastic bags) were repurposed into road base in the Hume City Council local government area. REDcycle has also introduced a new agricultural grade, steel reinforced fence post making use of post-agricultural and post-industrial soft plastics.

100% Biodegradable Bags – Straight to Compost

Leaves no trace of plastic behind – compost straight into the garden or greenwaste bins.

Made From Renewable Corn Starch. Fully compostable and biodegradable.

Why Should I Choose A HACCP Accredited Supplier?

Consumer safety is a primary consideration for both the food manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries. HACCP accreditation is a highly recognised certification that offers assurance that non-food products, such as Duraplas plastic bags, are safe for use in the production process.

Customers can be assured that by choosing a HACCP accredited supplier, that the non-food products that form part of the manufacturing process are safe from a variety of hazards. This accreditation means that the supplier has adhered to the same, rigorous safety standards as the manufacturer. This enables them to focus on operations knowing that the plastic bags used in production are safe for the product and customers.

Duraplas plastic bags are manufactured to meet a high standard of food safety and carry the HACCP certification mark identifying to demonstrate ‘fitness for purpose’ for manufacturers governed by a HACCP program.

As Duraplas bags may have contact with food, or have a significant impact on food or pharmaceutical safety in their application, the HACCP accreditation scheme offers buyers assurance that they do not pose a risk to food safety.

Are DURAPLAS Bags Food Safe?

They are all food safe and made from Virgin food safe material. They don’t contain bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates or epoxidised soybean oil (ESBO) which may be found in polycarbonate food containers and PVC based drink bottles for example.

DURAPLAS bags have have received HACCP accreditation after a rigorous assessment process. This is just part of our commitment to ensuring that customers receive the right bag for their product.

The HACCP accreditation process included multiple stages, along with product and site inspections. The auditors review the design, manufacture, materials, instructions, delivery, storage, accuracy, labelling, food safety claims and any other relevant safety matters.

DURAPLAS are industry leading plastic bags to help protect your products and provided added reassurance. Whether you need to store pharmaceuticals, bread, or preprepared vegetables, Upac has a number of both low density polyethylene (LDPE) and polypropylene (PP) bags to suit your application.

Are DURAPLAS Bags Strong and Reliable?

The DURAPLAS range of LDPE polythene bags are recognised for having the most reliable and highest quality bags that ensure the safe handling, protection and containment of foods, Industrial product and manufactured componentry. With a strong bottom closed seal for packaging fasteners, foods, manufactured product, painted products and more, the Duraplas range are quality guaranteed and have been in use for over 30 years in Australia.

If you’re a manufacturer with a HACCP Food Safety Programme – contact us today to discuss approved plastic bag options to ensure you remain compliant with all of the system guidelines.

Food Safe Plastic Bags

Research has made us more aware than ever about the effect that chemicals can have on our bodies. From childrens bottles, to sandwich bags, to plastic wrap; food safe plastics have never been a bigger issue.

The two primary concerns most people hold are the chemicals bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates and epoxidised soybean oil (ESBO).The good news is that there are food safe plastic alternatives to polycarbonate and PVC. Some food safe plastics including LDPE, HDPE and PP.

Upac offers a range industry leading, food safe plastics to help protect your customers and provided added reassurance. Whether you need to store pharmaceuticals or preprepared vegetables, there is a Duraplas bag to suit you. Each bag can be customised to suit the size required and can be custom printed.



The DURAPLAS range of stock plastic bags is most extensive in Australia, ranging from the smallest Presseal bags to the largest stock bags for waste containment and furniture protection.

DURAPLAS is recognised for having the most reliable and highest quality food grade Presseal bags, commonly called Zip Lock Bags or Resealable bags that ensure the safe handling, protection and containment of foods, Industrial product and manufactured componentry. All DURAPLAS bags are available custom printed with flexographic or Lithographic print, improving the value of food and parts in retail applications.









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