Finally! Recycling instructions that aren’t rubbish


Finally! Recycling instructions that aren’t rubbish

New packaging information will help to empower consumers and relieve the headache for recycling plants

Consumer journalist

Widespread consumer confusion about “recycling codes” and whether or not different forms of packaging are “recyclable” have played havoc with SA’s recycling centre operations, but new on-pack information is about to clear that up.

That image of three chasing arrows with a number in the middle is not a recycling logo, as most consumers assume – it’s actually a resin code, identifying the type of plastic, mainly for industry insiders.
 And far from being an indication of how many times the plastic can be recycled, as some consumers think, that number could actually be telling a waste picker that the discarded punnet is not recyclable at all.

Complicating the issue is the fact that there is a very big difference between a pack being technically “recyclable” and actually being recycled in significant volumes in SA...

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