Recycling symbols explained
Once you've finished with your packaging, take a look at the label and see if it can be recycled. Remember not all packaging will have a recycling label but this doesn't mean you can't recycle it. If you're not sure what you can recycle in your area, check the recycling locator.
Packaging symbols are now appearing on lots of everyday items, and help us to identify how different parts of packaging can be recycled.
To help you understand all the symbols you might see, take a glance at the guide below...
“Check locally” means 20% - 75% of people have access to recycling facilities for these items.“Widely Recycled” means 75% of people have access to recycling facilities for these items.
“Not recycled” means less than 20% of people have access to recycling facilities for these items.
Some plastic films can also now be recycled at supermarket’s carrier bags collection points? Look out for the “recycle with carrier bags at large stores – not at kerbside” message on your bread bag, breakfast cereal, toilet and kitchen roll wraps, grocery produce, multipack shrink wrap and newspaper & magazine wraps.
These symbols are a guide to how widely different packaging items are recycled, however you should always follow the advice of your local authority. Check the recycling locator and see what you can recycle in your area.
The Green Dot
The Green Dot does NOT necessarily mean that the packaging can be recycled. It is a symbol used on packaging in many European countries and signifies that the producer has made a contribution towards the recycling of packaging.
Identifies the type of plastic: PET and HDPE bottles are recycled by the majority of local authorities.
Please dispose of glass bottles and jars in a bottle bank (but remember to separate colours) or use your glass kerbside collection if you have one.
Can be placed in an aluminium recycling facility.
Can be placed in a steel recycling facility.
Indicates that an object is capable of being recycled - not that the object has been recycled.
Mobius Loop with percentage
Shows the percentage of recycled material contained in the product.
To be given the National Association of Paper Merchants mark, paper or board must be made from a minimum of 75% genuine waste paper and / or board fibre, no part of which should contain mill produced waste fibre.
Other labels you might see on packaging include:
The Forest Stewardship Council logo identifies products which contain wood from well managed forests independently certified in accordance with the rules of the FSC A.C.
Dispose of this carefully and thoughtfully. Do not litter. This doesn’t relate to recycling, but is a reminder to be a good citizen, disposing of the item in the most appropriate manner.