Plastic bags in the Queenstown and Wanaka have traditionally been sent to landfill. Now they can be turned into furniture.
Supermarkets throughout the district are providing recycling bins for the bags, including bread bags, frozen and chilled food bags, packaging and wrapping.
They are packaged up and sent to Melbourne company Replas, which turns the bags into bollards, traffic speed humps, decking and tracking and furniture.
Mayor Jim Boult was presented with a park bench made of 16,000 plastic bags at the official opening of the scheme.
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