The Love NZ Soft Plastic Recycling programme has been suspended from 31 December 2018 until April 2019 in order to build up recycling capacity. In order to fulfill its recycling needs, the Packaging Forum, which facilitates the soft plastic recycling programme and local businesses are building facilities in New Zealand during the suspension period.
In the meantime, all soft plastics must go in your rubbish bin.
For more details, please see the official statement by the Packaging Forum.(external link)
Why can’t you put them in the yellow bin?
Soft plastic packaging is not collected by The Council for recycling because it can contaminate the recycling process.
There actually isn’t any value in soft plastics – it's not like other recyclables like glass and aluminium - so we have to pay to have it recycled. That’s why we need to have manufacturers and big brands contributing to the costs of recycling this soft plastic.