With more and more people trying their best to help protect the future of the planet with little every day changes, recycling still remains a point of confusion for many.
A recent poll created by energy experts SaveOnEnergy.com found Britons spend up to 14.2 hours a year trying to find out the meaning of the recycling symbol on packaging before giving up.
So just how many of these recycling symbols can you name, and do you know what they mean?
YOUR RECYCLING QUESTIONS ANSWERED
1. MOBIUS LOOP – 78% recognise
This symbol indicates a product is capable of being recycled. When a percentage is found in the middle, this explains how much of the product is made with recyclable materials.
2. TIDYMAN – 76% recognise
Tidyman originates from a ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ campaign which began in 1960 and simply serves as a reminder to throw rubbish in the bin and recycle when necessary
3. CHECK LOCALLY – 51% recognise
Means the item is able to be recycled by 20-75 per cent of UK local authorities and you must check with your local council
4. COMPOSTABLE – 37% recognise
This means the item is compostable and must not be placed in the normal recycling bin because it can’t be recycled – instead putting it in a garden waste bin
5. WIDELY RECYCLED – 32% recognise
This symbol is often found on products and indicates to people that more than 75 per cent of local authorities in the UK accept the item in the recycling bin
6. PLASTICS – 21% recognise
The aim of this symbol is to tell you what kind of plastic the product is made from, with seven different numbers and letters to help you figure out
1. PET – short for Polyethylene Terephthalate which is widely recycled
2. HDPE – short for High-Density Polyethylene and is also widely recycled
3. PVC – short for Polyvinyl Chloride – capable of being recycled but is harder to do so. Before placing in your recycling bin, check with your local authority whether it is a material they can recycle.
4. LDPE – short for Low-Density Polyethylene – capable of being recycled, but it’s a good idea to check with your local authority to check it can be recycled.
5. PP – short for Polypropylene -material is very hard or not possible to recycle. Can be found in tupperware, disposable cups, and some food containers.
6. PS – short for Polystyrene or Styrofoam – material also hard or not possible to recycle. Used in disposable coffee cups, plastic cutlery and packing foam.
7. Other – this is usually a mish mash of lots of different plastics, which means it is difficult to recycle.
7. FOREST CERTIFIED – 21% recognise
This symbol stands for Forest Stewardship Council and indicates the product has been made from wood from a responsibly-managed forest
8. FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION – 17% recognise
Means manufacturers have made a financial contribution towards the recovery and recycling of packaging in Europe
9. ALUMINIUM – 12% recognise
This symbol indicates the product is made from recyclable aluminium