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All you need to know about Recycling Signs

In the seminal work 'Understanding Comic Books' (Yes I'm a big nerd but stick with me, I'm going somewhere with this) the author puts all art and pictures on a scale, with the greatest work of art, The Mona Lisa at one end to the symbol for ladies toilets at the other end.

The Mona Lisa's smile may captivates at one end of the scale, but who is she? Why is she smiling? Beautiful though she is there is something she cannot do, and that is provide you with any information at all. The little matchstick figure of a lady on the toilet door, plain and simple as she is, does exactly that.


The Mobius Loop is probably the most well known recycling symbol, gracing everything from bins to drinks bottles.

As a symbol it indicates that the object is capable of being recycled, not that it has been.

Occasionally it can be seen with a %, usually done to indicate how much of the packaging uses an already recycled material.
The Tidyman The Tidyman is put on packaging that should be disposed of in a bin.  This isn't particularly related to recycling but rather as part of the Keep Britain Tidy campaign which serves as a reminder not to litter.
The Green Dot The Green Dot does not mean that the packaging is recyclable, has been recycled or will be recycled in the future.

The Green Dot is actually a symbol used to indicate that the producer has joined the Green Dot Scheme, a European scheme where businesses make financial contributions towards recycling.
Plastics Plastics identifies the type of plastic resin used to make the item by the number contained within the mobius loop.

Plastic is beginning to be recyclable more and more, with most homes now able to put more plastic packaging into their recycling bin.
Recycle Glass Glass that can be disposed in bottle banks or personal household recycling bins. Make sure you wash out the inside first mind.
Aluminium Aluminium that can be recycled at a local recycling point or in a household recycling bin.
Paper The Paper symbol is only awarded by the National Association of Paper Merchants to paper or board that has a minimum of 50%, 75% or is 100% genuine waste paper or board fibre.
FSC The Wood symbol is awarded by the Forestry Stewardship Council, identifying products which contain woods from well managed forests certified as being in agreement with the rules of the FSC.

All timber used at Dorset Logs Stores is FSC Certified Timber, see our About a Dorset Log Store page for full details.

These days most of us have several bins for all the different items we need to recycle and I'm sure like me you've spent 10 minutes digging through the paper bin for that glass jar you think you accidentally put in there.

What we need are some brightly coloured labels to help us out. What about these wonderful Jolly Bright Bin Labels that can stick right onto all the different bins and boxes to show exactly what can go where inside. Perfect !

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