Your essential recycling guide Recycling symbols
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General recycling symbols
You're sure to recognise some of these common recycling symbols, but do you know the meaning of them all?
|Mobius Loop ||This item can be recycled where correct facilities exist.|
|Mobius loop (with percentage) ||This item contains x% of recycled material and can be recycled where correct facilities exist.|
|Green dot ||In participating countries this means the manufacturer is funding a recycling program for products with this label. The UK isn’t a participating country.|
|WEEE directive ||Shows that a product can be recycled separately from other household waste under the WEEE directive.|
|EU flower ||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.|
|Tidy man ||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.|
|Aluminium ||This product (usually a drinks can) is made from recyclable aluminium.|
|Glass ||Please put this recyclable glass container in a bottle bank.|
Plastic recycling symbols
These symbols identify the type of plastic used in a packaging. Some councils only collect certain types for recycling – use the table below to identify which is which.
|Plastic symbols and their meanings|
|PETE ||Polyethylene Terepthalate|
|HDPE ||High Density Polyethylene|
|LDPE ||Low Density Polyethylene|
|OTHER ||All other resins and multi-materials|