WHAT SYMBOLS MEAN These are some of the symbols

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					     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: jbickerstaffe@incpen.org                                                                       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.