Kwik Lok, a manufacturer of bread bag closures, is partnering with TerraCycle to make all brands of bread bag closures in Australia recyclable, for free, through the Bread Bag Closure Recycling Program.
The Recycling Program allows Australians to collect and ship all brands of bread bag closures to TerraCycle free-of-charge. TerraCycle will then shred, wash and melt them down into recycled plastic pellets to be used in the manufacture of new products as an alternative to virgin plastic.
Bread bag closures are not currently accepted in kerbside recycling for several reasons, including their size. Similar to bottle caps, they are too small to be picked up during the sorting process in traditional recycling.
To participate in the program, Australians simply sign up through the TerraCycle website and start collecting in any available cardboard box. Additionally, for every kilogram of bread bag closures sent to TerraCycle, $1 will be donated to Keep Australia Beautiful. General Manager of TerraCycle, Jean Bailliard, said the program is indicative of a global movement to more sustainable packaging and gave his advice to those wishing to participate in the recycling program.
“Bread bag closures are a plastic item the majority of Australians use every day. Because of their small size, we encourage people to band together and collect on behalf of a school, workplace or community”, said Mr Bailliard. “This ensures we are reducing the footprint of the program by sending larger shipments, less often”.
Kwik Lok Chief Executive Officer, Don Carrell, said: “Kwik Lok is proud to lead the way for a more sustainable future, maintaining safety and quality standards and preserving the environment for customers, employees and the planet,” says Mr Carrell. “Partnering with TerraCycle has allowed our products to be nationally recyclable and reduces our carbon footprint and that of our customers.”