Recycling Bread Tags to Fund Wheelchairs For People in Need

Recycling Bread Tags to Fund Wheelchairs For People in Need
Sophie Winter

This article also appears on Plastic Free Phillip Island & San Remo.

Calling all bread lovers… Whether you’re a wholemeal, seeded grain, gluten-free, thick sliced, thin sliced, bun, roll or english muffin type of person, there’s something you all might have in common…

Hint: It’s these tiny, colourful pieces of poison (whoops, I mean plastic)

bread tags

While I highly recommend avoiding buying bread in plastic bags with these tags (grab yourself a super cool reusable bread bag instead), I understand there are times when it just can’t be helped.

The odd occasions when your local bakery is already closed and the supermarket is the only option, or if you’re heading off on a roadtrip and some english muffins for brekky is the most convenient option. In these cases, I want you to hold onto your tags!

1. Because they can’t be properly recycled in Australia’s recycling facilities and are ending up in landfill, causing harm to our native wildlife and wreaking havoc on the marine environment.
2. Because a charity called Bread Tags For Wheelchairs is reusing them for wonderful things!

Introducing Bread Tags For Wheelchairs
Bread Tags for Wheelchairs is a community program where individuals and organisations collect bread tags to be sold to plastics recycling companies (Australia’s company of choice is Transmutation, located in South Australia). There, the bread tags are repurposed into a range of products such as seedling trays, picture frames, doorknobs, coat hangers and more. That’s not all though – the money earned from selling the tags is used to buy wheelchairs for people who can’t afford them (purchased through local pharmacies). How’s that for a circular economy?

I’ve jumped on board this positive initiative – and I’m asking others to do the same! All you need to do is start gathering bread tags in your local area and, every now and again, take them to one of the below drop-off points. Easy as!

Find your closest collection point here.

For more information or to set up your own collection point, you can email