Aussie volunteers are collecting thousands of plastic clips to support South African foundation, Bread Tags for Wheelchairs. This community program provides wheelchairs for people with disabilities by selling collected bread clips to a local plastic moulding company. Eager to help, Australian volunteers started their own branch and managed to organise 27 collection points across 6 states in less than six months.
Bread Tags for Wheelchairs was originally founded in
Eleven years later, the foundation recycles over 6000 kilograms of tags and provides 75 wheelchairs to people in need every year.
Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs haven’t been able to find a local recycling facility that would accept the plastic tags. In the meantime, collectors ship thousands of tags to be processed in South Africa.
Due to their size, bread clips can easily fall through machinery at recycling facilities and often end up in landfills and our precious oceans. Small plastics represent a massive problem for marine life, as they are often ingested by whales, turtles, fish and seabirds.
Refusing plastic is the most effective way to prevent it from ending up in our ecosystems. If you can’t give up packaged bread, consider sending your tags to the foundation and recycling the bread bags through REDCycle (as they can’t go into your yellow lid bin).
To find collection points near you, head to Bread Tags for Wheelchairs website.