Question: What Do The Recycle Symbols Mean?

What do the different recycle symbols mean?

Most people know the little triangle symbol at the bottom of plastic bottles means ‘recycle’ but what they don’t know is just because it has a triangle on the bottom, doesn’t always mean it can be recycled.

The numbers indicate the grade of plastic and can also tell you about the safety and uses of that item.

What do recycling symbols on plastics mean?

Getty Images. The “5” inside a triangle on a plastic container means PP or Polypropylene, which is one of the safer kinds of plastics. It is increasingly getting acceptable in curbside recycling programs.

What do the numbers inside recycling symbol mean?

At the bottom of most plastic containers you can find a small number inside the three arrow triangle recycling symbol. This number is a reference to what type of plastic the container is made of. Each plastic is composed of a different molecule or set of molecules. Number 1 – PETE – Poly(ethylene terephthalate):

What do the recycle arrows mean?

The well-recognized “chasing arrows” symbol we see on plastic containers and products does not mean the product is recyclable. Within each chasing arrows triangle, there is a number which ranges from one to seven.

How do you know if it’s recyclable?

The next time you use a plastic product, flip it over and check the bottom. If you see #7 in the center of a three-arrowed triangle, you have no way of knowing for certain whether its recyclable or non-recyclable (even plastics industry people and recyclers can’t tell sometimes).

What does the two arrows in a circle mean on packaging?

Almost half of those surveyed thought that the ‘green dot’ symbol – a circle of two intertwined arrows – meant that the product is recyclable, when it actually means that the manufacturer has paid into a scheme that supports recyclable packaging and systems.

What are the different recycling symbols?

Recycling plastics – what the numbers mean + cheat sheet

  • 1 – PETE – Polyethylene Terephthalate. The easiest of plastics to recycle.
  • 2 – HDPE – High density Polyethylene.
  • 3 – PVC – Polyvinyl Chloride.
  • 4 – LDPE Low-density Polyethylene.
  • 5 – PP – Polypropylene.
  • 6 – PS – Polystyrene.
  • 7 – Other.

What symbols mean recycle?

What Do The Different Recycling Symbols Actually Mean?

  1. Mobius loop. All this one actually indicates is that the packaging in question is recyclable.
  2. The Green Dot. You will find this one on the majority of your packaging, but here’s the kicker.
  3. Widely recycled.
  4. Check locally.
  5. Not yet recycled.
  6. Recyclable aluminium.
  7. Recycle with carrier bags.
  8. Plastic resin codes.

What do the three arrows in the recycling symbol mean?

Meaning of the recycling symbol

Each of the three arrows can represent one step in a three-step process that forms a closed loop, the recycling loop. The first step represents collection of materials to be recycled. The manufacturing process is the second arrow in the recycling symbol.