Almost half of Brits are baffled by the common recycling symbols on product packaging… so how do you know a number?

  • A poll shows that nearly half of Britons are confused by the common recycling symbol
  • Another 32 percent were surprised by the seedling logo, indicating that the packaging is recyclable
  • The survey found that people often make mistakes when it comes to recycling, even though 94 percent of respondents are “confident” that they dispose of their waste properly.

Up to half of Brits are baffled by the common recycling codes found on product packaging, fueling calls for label reform.

Any poll by Consumer Champions? 48 percent of people found that the so-called green dot logo, which is a green circle with two interlocking arrows inside, means the product can be recycled. But the symbol only means that the manufacturer has complied with the packaging waste law – it has nothing to do with the possibility of recycling.

32 percent of people believe that the seedling logo, a small plant tied in a bow, also means the packaging is recyclable, but this instead means that the packaging can only be broken down by composting.

The survey found that people often make mistakes when it comes to recycling, even though 94 percent of respondents are “confident” that they dispose of their waste properly.

Survey 1,097 which one? Members found that they made common mistakes when it came to recycling, even though 94 percent of respondents were “confident” that they were disposing of their waste properly.

Common mistakes were mixing compostable items (65 percent), recycling plastic cutlery instead of household waste (51 percent), and throwing a tube of toothpaste into the recycling bin (28 percent). Municipalities do not recycle plastic cutlery, which is usually made of polystyrene, or most toothpaste tubes, which are made of layers of plastic and aluminum because the material is difficult and the processing is expensive.

Emily Seymour, which one? The sustainability editor said: “Consumers have been let down by confusing labeling that makes it difficult to achieve proper recycling. The government should ensure that plans to make recycling labels on food packages mandatory as planned continue to be implemented and that these labels are simple and clear.

The government plans to introduce mandatory recycling labels with a unified logo. However, critics say it is not clear what will be implemented and when.

Recycle Now campaign manager Craig Stevens said the poster update would provide a “welcome source of clarity”.

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1. Recyclable, but check with municipality.

2. Only organic fertilizer in industrial compost.

3. Dispose of packaging responsibly.

4. Specifies the type of plastic the package is made of.

5. Suitable for household compost bins.

6. The manufacturer has complied with waste legislation.

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