Logo aims to encourage recycling.
Three Recycle-Now Packaging Logos
indicating which parts of the packaging can be recycled
shows that the item can be recycled where correct facilities exist.
This item contains x% of recycled material and can be recycled where correct facilities exist.
The black line indicated that goods were placed on the market after 2005, however the black line under the wheely bin was dropped from the symbol in 2012
This symbol guarantees that packaging with this symbol is recyclable and will be accepted by cardboard recyclers
Please put this recyclable glass container in a bottle bank.
This product (usually a drinks can) is made from recyclable aluminium.
Recyclable steel, can be placed in a steel recycling facility.
Shows that the material is compostable.
This symbol indicates that certain environmental criteria for toner cartridge recycling have been met.
Found on TetraPak cartons that can be recycled either with your main recycling collections or at local authority recycling banks. Check your local authority for information.
Found on Elopak cartons that can be recycled either kerbside or at local authority recycling banks. Check your local authority for information.
Found on beverage cartons that can be recycled either kerbside or at local authority recycling banks. Check your local authority for information.
PET / PETE (Polyethylene terephthalate)
Usually clear or green, sinks in water, rigid. Barrier to gas and moisture
HDPE (High density polyethylene)
Semi rigid, sinks in water. Resistance to moisture, permeability to gas.
PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
Semi rigid, glossy, sinks in water.
LDPE (Low density polyethylene)
Flexible, not crinkly. Ease of processing, Ease of sealing, barrier to moisture.
Semi rigid, low gloss, resistance to heat, chemicals, greese and oil, versatile barrier to moisture
Often brittle, glossy. easily formed.
O (Other-often Polycarbonate, acrylic, ABS, mixed / multi layer plastic.)
Dependent on polymers or combination
These logos are commonly found but do not necessarily mean that the product can be recycled
Do not litter. A familiar addition to the packaging of many everyday items, this symbol simply suggests that the bearer should dispose of this carefully and thoughtfully.
Made from wood from sustainable forests.
The Green Dot logo can be misleading. In participating countries the Green Dot indicates that the manufacturer is funding a recycling program for products with this label. The UK is not a participating country.
Signifies that the product is manufactured from 100% recycled paper
An EU-wide award for non-food products that minimise impacts on the environment – detergents that are less harmful to rivers, lakes and oceans, for example.
This is not a recycling symbol but is commonly found on cosmetics. The number indicates the life of the product once opened in months “m” or years “y”