Curby Soft Plastics Recycling

Newcastle households can now recycle their soft plastics from home through the Curby Soft Plastics Program.

The free program, run by our project partners iQRenew and CurbCycle, offers a convenient way to recycle your household soft plastic packaging–such as shopping bags, chip packets, bread bags and bubble wrap–using your yellow-lid recycling bin.

While loose soft plastics are not accepted via our kerbside recycling service (they can get tangled in the machinery and be difficult to separate from paper at the sorting facility), the Curby Program keeps the soft plastics contained in specially tagged bags that can be easily filtered from the other recyclables.

Joining the program is simple, you just need to download the Curby app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Once registered, you'll receive special yellow "CurbyTags" that you can attach to bagged clean, household soft plastics. When you've filled a bag, simply tie it tightly, attach and scan a CurbyTag, and place it in your yellow-lid bin for regular fortnightly collection. It's that easy!

To learn more about the program, please visit the Curby website.

Please note:

  • Soft plastics must be collected inside shopping-bag sized plastic bags with handles. The bag must be able to tie a double knot to enclose the contents.
  • A CurbyTag must be placed on the bag to recycle it via our kerbside collection service. This allows the bagged soft plastics to be separated from other materials and prevents the contamination of other recyclables.
  • Soft plastics must never be placed loose in your yellow-lid bin.
  • If you don’t have access to a smart phone, you can still recycle your soft plastics through the free REDcycle program at participating supermarkets or through our Sort & Save service at Summerhill Waste Management Centre.