Recycling symbols

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There are labels everywhere, and these labels are most of the time very confusing, even though they are designed to make our life easier. Recycling labels are one of those labels.

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Green recycle dot

Green Recycle dot

This only means that the producer has made “a financial contribution” towards the recovery and recycling of packaging. Well done? Well this is better than nothing.. But maybe it should be considered a recycling symbol as it does not add much.

Monbius loop

The monius loop recycle

Packaging is posible to be recycled but this symbol does not make it clear enough on how to recycle it or even if they mention it on the product, it is not outlined clearly. 

The numbers 1 to 7 used inside the Mobius Loop, refers the resin code of the type of plastic used

Do not recycle


Here the information is quite clear. In most cases, plastics are not that easily recycled and most likely won’t be accepted by most recycling facilities.

Try to avoid products with this symbol, and if you have to use the product, make sure to put it in the trash.

Rinse Recycle


You can recycle but rinse the product before you through it away to avoid, leftovers; leftovers can contaminate other materials

Lid on Recycle


You will find this symbol when the the item or plastic is to small (under 40mm) and the machinery can not process it. Just put it back or into a bottle to make it easier

Cap on - Remove sleeve


This appears when you need to separate the components


We are sure you have seen these many times.

Tip of the day!!The lower number means the material is more likely to be accepted for recycling.

Please try avoid the number 7


Recycle 1

In appearance, it is clear and transparent and also a bit flexible, yet it is still strong and will not tear easily. It is lightweight and can be easily shaped when melted .

It’s frequently used for water bottles, shampoo containers, soda bottles, and cloth.

Good for recycling but not for refill and reuse


one of the most versatile plastic materials. strong, lightweight and easy to shape.

It is used in a variety of applications: plastic bottles, milk jugs, shampoo bottles, bleach bottles, cutting boards, and piping.

This type of plastic can be reused and recycled again and again, making it an efficient, and long-lasting product with endless applications.


recycle 3

It is a high strength plastic widely used in pipes, medical devices, wire, cable insulation, crystal or cling wrap, cooking oil bottles and some clear food packaging.

It is not accepted for recycling and needs to go in the landfill cart

Due to the fact that several harmful chemicals are produced in the manufacturing or disposal of this type of plastic, it can lead to health risks and environmental issues. 

Keep it away from heat and do not use it to store food. It has a strong potential to turn into microplastics.



recycle 4

Very light It’s used to make grocery bags

Sometimes bags are labeled with number 2 and or 4, but the problem here is that bags are usually so light that they get caught in recycling machinery, which can cause severe problems.

It is recommended to take them to a drop off station


It is hard and has a high melting point, so it’s often chosen for containers that will hold hot liquid.

Easily Found in: Some yogurt containers, syrup and medicine bottles, caps, straws

But still not really accepted for recycling. Not even 1% of it worldwide is recycled.. So when you dispose of it, make sure to clean it properly and to get rid of any potential food in it as it will then become even more difficult to be recycled.


recycle 6

Rigid or foam products

Mostly Found in disposable plates and cups, meat trays, egg cartons, carry-out containers, aspirin bottles, compact disc cases

Not many recycling programs will accept it, although it is suitable for reuse. It is high risk to end up as microplastics.


Here there are very few chances to be recycled

Found in: Three- and five-gallon water bottles, bullet-proof materials, sunglasses, DVDs, iPod and computer cases, signs and displays, certain food containers, nylon


– Recycling symbols are only guidelines. You need to still check with your local waste collection service to make sure what type of waste is accepted.

– Plastic can last over 500 years before it comes back to he landfill

– Black plastics are notoriously hard.

Now you know a bit more about symbols, so each time that you buy something, think about the resources that are needed to produce it and how these resources can be recycled.  Fortunately, now you already know the inconvenience of single-use products.

So basically being sustainable is always the best recycling that you can do. 

WeTKare is committed to sustainability and minimizing packaging and transport waste as much as possible.

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