Packaging symbols are a bit of a minefield. If you’re struggling to understand the latest symbols or need reassurance you’re using the correct ones, you came to the right place!

As a packaging supplier, it’s safe to say we’re pretty clued up on the subject. 

These labels are correct at the time of publishing, but please double-check if you are unsure. We can take a look and advise.

OPRL Labels

Applied to packaging collected by 75% or more of UK local authorities and then sorted, processed and recycled into new packaging or products.

Recycle with bags at large supermarkets/Don’t recycle at home
Applied on plastic wrapping, such as bread bags, fruit and veg bags, crisp packets and chocolate wrappers. You can recycle this type of packaging at recycling
points in selected supermarkets.

Don’t recycle
Applied to packaging collected by less than 50% of UK local authorities and/or is not able to be sorted, processed and recycled into new packaging or products.

Other Logos

The ‘Mobius Loop’ shows that the material can be recycled, but it does not indicate that it can be recycled in your curbside recycling.

Producer contributes to a packaging recovery scheme. This has nothing to do with recycling and does not indicate whether or not the item can be recycled.

This is just a reminder to be tidy. It does not indicate that an item can be recycled in your curbside recycling.

TerraCycle logo
Terracycle is a specialist recycling scheme. The material needs to be sorted and sent to their facility. Do not put it in your kerbside recycling.

Packaging Material Symbols

FSC Paper

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organisation dedicated to promoting the responsible management of the world’s forests. The certification allows businesses and consumers to choose paper, wood and other forest-based materials that have been produced from responsibly managed forests.


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