WHAT SYMBOLS MEAN METALS PLASTICS
These are some of the symbols you
may have seen on the goods you Recyclable steel This identifies the type of plastic
buy. They are not environmental
claims - they simply provide useful
Please put this in a Bottle Bank Recyclable aluminium
TIDYMAN MOBIUS LOOP MOBIUS LOOP WITH GREEN DOT
Please dispose of this carefully and PERCENTAGE (but can be any colour)
thoughtfully; do not litter This is capable of being recycled
This contains x% of recycled material This shows that a fee has been paid
for the recovery of the packaging in
some European countries.
Use of the symbol is voluntary. Some
goods contain recycled material but do not
carry it. Recycled content does not mean it
is necessarily better for the environment
and it is often inappropriate, particularly for
packaging used for food, toiletries and cos-
amount of food waste. are kerbside collected waste, recyclables and residuals
Source: Project Integra, Hampshire 1999. All figures
April 2001 ISBN: 1 901576 45 0 and often the same remains.
used packaging a week, contents still
dust etc) 10.6%
www.incpen.org generates 3 kg - 4 kg of average dustbin’s
used packaging Other (shoes, plant pots,
FACT: A typical family
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Email: email@example.com Non-ferrous metal 1.4% more than 85% of the
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on recovering and recycling Fax: 020 7409 0161 recycled is removed,
Ferrous metal 3.7%
Information for consumers Tel: 020 7409 0949 aerosols, foil 3.3% that can sensibly be
London W1R 9AH Metal cans, Textiles 4.6% all the packaging
Tenterden House, 3 Tenterden Street pots, film 7.3% aging items. Even if
waste Environment Plastic bottles, to recycle non-pack-
Kitchen/garden waste 30.3%
about packaging and Industry Council for Packaging and the FACT: We also need
INCPEN Paper/board 6.4%
What you need to know Plastics 12.7%
packaging. Glass bottles/ jars 4.0%
environmental and social impact of Paper & board 32.5%
set up in 1974 to study the
INCPEN is a research organisation contents Glass 4.2%
21% of total dustbin tents = 16kg
Used packaging = Total dustbin con-
WHAT'S IN YOUR DUSTBIN EACH WEEK?
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INTRODUCTION WHAT THE PACKAGING LAW IS WHAT INDUSTRY IS DOING WHAT YOU - THE CONSUMER - CAN DO
SUPPOSED TO DO
The amount of waste we throw away keeps * Recycling over 30% of used packaging. * Support your local recycling schemes.
increasing. The Government wants to In 1997, the UK introduced a new law This costs at least £62 million a year. By
break the link between economic growth which affects all who make and sell law we need to reach 50%, so costs are Find out what is happening in your area
and increasing waste. Surprising as it may packaging. forecast to increase. and join in.
seem, for packaging this has already * Designing packaging to balance
happened. It aims to reduce waste sent to landfill by protection of the content, the needs of * Re-use or recycle other waste such as
increasing the amount of used packaging consumers and the environment, legal newspapers and magazines.
The number of packaged goods placed on that is recycled, composted or burned with requirements and cost. * Make sure you return refillable containers.
the market is increasing. However, the energy recovery. * Making improvements by using the * Compost your green kitchen and
tonnage of used packaging is decreasing Responsible Packaging Code. gardenwaste.
for two reasons: FACT: Of all waste sent to landfill, less * Providing and promoting consumer * Buy the correct amount of food and
than 20% is household waste. So information. othergoods. This helps reduce all wastes.
1. Commercial and environmental packaging from household waste
considerations continuously push amounts to just 3% of all landfilled FACT: Packaging keeps costs down by FACT: Some thin, lightweight packs are
companies to design lighter, thinner packs. waste. preventing waste and making goods not worth collecting but they have other
easier to handle, store and transport. environmental advantages, for example
2. We are recycling more used packaging. FACT: The UK has a long tradition of by allowing more goods (and less
high waste management standards. Our FACT: 90% of the energy used to get packaging) to be packed in fewer
But more can be done to reduce waste. landfill sites are among the best in food from farms to the table is used for lorries and so reduce transport
This leaflet tells you how. Europe, and our incinerators are safe growing and delivering it. The remaining pollution.
and efficient. 10% is invested in its packaging to
ensure the food is not wasted.