Recycling Symbols Explained
Packaging labels and recycling symbols are now appearing on lots of everyday items, and help us to identify how different types of packaging can be recycled.
The on-pack recycling label (or OPRL)
Look out for the following labels, which appear on all sorts of packaging - from soft drink cans, to bread bags and plastic toiletry bottles. They will tell you the kind of packaging the item has and whether the packaging is recyclable. If it is, the label will also tell you whether you can put the packaging in your kerbside recycling bin or take to your local recycling centre.
Remember: not all packaging will have a recycling label but this doesn't mean you can't recycle it.
Check label recycling
Not currently recycled
Widely recycled at recycling points: check locally for kerbside
Metal paint cans
Other recycling symbols
The following recycling symbols can be found on a variety of packaging and explain a range of information: whether or not an item can be recycled, how to dispose of the item, or if it's made of recycled material.