A new soft plastics recycling scheme has been launched in Thames with the aim of extending it across our district, pending further investigation. This scheme promotes soft plastic recycling using community bins located throughout Thames. The recycled soft plastic will then be turned into fence posts or building materials. The soft plastics recycling bins are at these Thames locations: Pak’nSave, The Warehouse and our Council offices at 515 Mackay Street. An additional recycling bin will also be installed outside the Thames Refuse Transfer Station by the end of June. Smart Environmental will collect the soft plastics and bale the plastic ready to transport either to Future Post in Auckland (where the product will be made into plastic fence posts) or saveBOARD in Hamilton (where it will be made into building materials).