Monday, January 21, 2013

Recycling Symbols Explained

These symbols are a guide to how widely different packaging items are recycled, however you should always follow the advice of your local authority. 

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.

Recyclable Aluminium
Can be placed in an aluminium recycling facility.

Recyclable Steel
Can be placed in a steel recycling facility.

CD Recycling
 Some companies are now encouraging the recycling of CD's and DVD's.

Mobius Loop
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
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.

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