Sarah from Harrow was baffled by the swirly recycling symbol “I know that plastic laminated pouched like this one aren’t recyclable, but this seems to have a recyclable symbol on? What does it mean?”
We agree! Labelling is confusing and a lots of people think this swirly symbol known as the Green Dot means something is recyclable. Sorry it’s not true! It might be, but the The Green Dot just means that that the producer has made a financial contribution towards the recovery and recycling of packaging.
Look out for the labels on the left instead, developed by WRAP and the British Retail Consortium and which have become the retail sector standard in the UK. More details here.
But you still need to think about it.
Because they apply nationally, the standard labels used say film is not currently recycled when infact it can be in lots of places. Given there’s over 1 million tonnes of plastic film packaging to dispose of every year and that it forms about 5% of what’s left in our bins it’s a good one to recycle.
You can take all stretchy plastic film to the plastic bag recycling points at supermarkets and household recycling centres. Some councils even collect it from your door…