While our retailers have their own internal recycling practices, many of them also offer various recycling initiatives in which customers can participate. Here are a few examples of different ways you can contribute to recycling programs:


Ever wished you could recycle all your soft plastic bags, like bread bags, fruit and vegie bags, cereal box liners, rice and pasta packets, and frozen food bags? It always seems such a waste that you can’t put them in the normal Council recycling bin.

Well, Coles has a solution!

You can bring in your soft plastic bags to any of the 500 stores that participates in the REDcycle plastic bag and packaging program and place them in the specially marked bin at the front of the store. Coles recycles these plastic bags and turns them into outdoor furniture for Aussie primary schools and pre-school. Clever!

Other recycling initiatives Coles has taken include:

  • Coles bottled water bottles are made from recycled plastic, saving 1.9 million kgs of plastic a year
  • Plantic eco-plastic for packaging Coles Brand fresh beef, pork and lamb mince combines the use of renewable corn and recyclable plastic material to create a meat pack that is suitable to go in your recycling bin at home.
  • Programs to recycle or divert food, cardboard and plastic resulted in converting more than 3000 tonnes of organic material to energy, and donating more than 7.8 million kilograms of food via its partnership with SecondBite and Foodbank.
  • Customers are encouraged to use reusable bags and reduce their number of single-use plastic bags. A number of different reusable bags are available for purchase at Coles, and once they have reached the end of their lifecycle, these bags can be recycled at Coles.

Check out the Coles website for more information or come in to our Coles store.


Did you know you can recycle your old clothes at H&M stores?

Just drop off your unwanted clothes (regardless of the brand or the condition) at any H&M store to give them a new life! Clothes are sorted into different categories to be re-worn, reused (as things like cleaning rags) or recycled as textile fibres (which can be used for things like insulation, or to blend with new fibres to make a new garment).

Come in to H&M or visit the H&M website for more information.


Country Road has partnered with the Australian Red Cross on Fashion Trade - a unique clothing exchange program that rewards customers with a $10 discount voucher for donating pre-owned Country Road clothing to the Red Cross and saving clothing from going to landfill.

Through Country Road’s Fashion Trade program, more than 44,000 items of clothing and accessories were donated by customers and Country Road, contributing in excess of $2.1 million (in retail value) to the Red Cross in Australia and New Zealand.

Find out more on the Country Road website or visit our Country Road store today.

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