The process of determining whether you should toss certain packaging types into the recycling barrel or the trash barrel has just gotten easier. Over 50 companies including General Mills, Nestle, Ziploc, Minute Maid, Target, and REI, are now using How2Recycle™ labels on all of its packaging material.
The How2Recycle™ label is a voluntary, standardized labeling system that clearly communicates recycling instructions to the public.
The label includes these four parts:
Information and locational instructions let you know if an item can be recycled traditionally or by other means.
Preparing Material for Recycling
Gives steps to properly prepare the item for recycling: rinse, empty, remove, dry, discard or reattach parts
Type of Recyclable Material
Lists the type of material the packaging is made from: paper, plastic, glass, metal, coated paper, multi-layer
Recyclable Parts of Packaging
Indicates the parts of the packaging that needs to be recycled in this specific way. Typical parts include: Bottle, Tray, Insert, Box, Bag, Wrap, Can, Film and Pouch
The Multi-Component Labels
These side-by-side labels let you know how to recycle the whole package, not just a part of it. Each "tile" represents a different part of the package. How2Recycle™ labels are intended to be read left to right, based on which part of the packaging you encounter first. For example, a frozen food entrée would have an outer cardboard box, a film over the food, and a plastic tray containing the food.
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