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Do you know what all the recycling symbols mean?


3rd August 2018

A STUDY has shown half of us get confused by recycling symbols.

A new report from Which? found that 48% of people can’t identify the correct symbol for recyclable packaging.

The researchers reckoned that the number of different recycling or sustainability symbols made it difficult to remember which symbol meant what.

What’s really worrying is this means that half of us could be recycling our household materials incorrectly.

Which? is now calling on the Government to make clear and simple recycling labelling compulsory.


Do you know what all the recycling symbols mean?


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pixiedog · 3 months ago

First to comment!!!!!!

pixiedog · 3 months ago

It is really important to know all the signs because on the news loads of stuff is being said about wasting materials and it is affecting the environment.

natalija · 3 months ago

I know what most of the recycling symbols mean but not all as it is hard to remember each one.

mimpi123 · 3 months ago

Some of the signs a sooooooo confusing but sooooo worth it.

sophia6 · 2 months ago

I don't know what the recycling symbols mean. I have seen them at school but I just think that's just a symbol that means you can recycle it. I didn't know they had different meanings.

con-con · 2 months ago

I no what most of them mean but not all of them

con-con · 2 months ago


hc-524219 · 2 months ago

I do know all of the recycling signs and I do think it is important to know them because there are many ocean pollutions near the coasts and so if we knew, we will be able to reduce the amount of plastic bottles and rubbish in the sea

oceangirl5 · 2 months ago

I think we should know our recycling signs for the good of the planet!

plane · 2 months ago

I think we should all know the recycling signs by know because if we put the wrong waste in the wrong box
it may get recycled differently and pollute the environment.

pumpkin999 · 2 months ago

I find all of the different recycling symbols really confusing because they all look like they are saying 'this product can be recycled'.

Jewab99 · 2 months ago

I think schools should teach us what the signs mean, so we know if we can recycle packaging or not; we might accidentally put recyclable packaging in the wrong bin if we don’t know what the symbol means.

owly · 2 months ago

I know lots but not all of them

sprinkle10 · 2 months ago

I don’t think I really do. Lots of people on the news are talking about the incorrectly recycled packaging problem and how it’s affecting the world that we live in. I personally think that this world does not encourage the future generation the importance of recycling and this preservation of this world.

ti-10 · 2 months ago

Sometimes, people don't see or draw the same symbol as it was originally drawn or seen. I understand all the recycling symbols, but I do understand that some people do not understand the symbols and get confused by them. It is ok to get confused by them but you have to learn what the symbol looks like and make sure you put the right things in the right bins. (Second to comment)

daisy101 · 2 months ago

I do try to Recycle as much as I can but it all just goes in our main recycling bin. If I were asked to tell what each sign means, I do not think I could.

swace · 2 months ago

I don't know what all the recycling symbols mean. That is because we all know what to put into recycling bins due to the leaflets we receive, but we don't know what the symbols actually mean. I think now and then the 'Bin Men' should put leaflets round our houses just explaining what the symbols mean.

cozmojjss@ · 2 months ago

no I don't because it's looks quite comepelated

cozmojjss@ · 2 months ago

no I don't because it's looks quite comepelated

boyhornet · 2 months ago

I don’t unfortunately know what the recycling symbols mean (not all of them at least) but they should definitely be teaching us.

dolfincake · 2 months ago

this wasnt on first news and it doesnt show the results this week :(

pawsomecat · 2 months ago

Although I voted no I have since read and learnt what each one means in last week's issue.

hagrid · 2 months ago

Everyone should know all the symbols because if they did then we would all recycle better. Unfortunately, we don't all know them

bela · 2 months ago

it is very important we recycle and everyone should learn the correct symbol to prevent confusion

kingslayer · 2 months ago

Well... I don't really no them.

pieface225 · 2 months ago

recycling symbols are important!!

dreamy4evr · 2 months ago

I don't know what the recycling symbols mean however, I will try my best to remember them. It is really important to learn them

honhon88 · 2 months ago

I don't know all the symbols but I want to and I think it's important for all this 'making a difference' for kids to know them so they can be more eco-friendly and more environment ideas can be actually carried out. Also, what's the point in them if no-one knows what they mean? That's what I think.

niru18 · 2 months ago

I don't know what all the recycling symbols mean but I think it's really important to know all of them.

claudine · 2 months ago

I only learnt them after reading First News!

i_care · 2 months ago

No, we are not taught about recycling and how to protect the environment at school. We need to be taught these things as, for our generation especially, we all need to be recycling.

roseydog · 2 months ago


drummercmd · 2 months ago

no. i didn't even realise they were different!

islabear · 2 months ago

It will take for ever to learn that gobbledygook

ron · 2 months ago

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artymartin · 2 months ago

Even though I know most of them there are two that I don’t know.

fuzz · 2 months ago

we should lern more about recyclyng

ys001 · 2 months ago

Learnt about it at a St John Ambulance club called badgers

zeushades8 · 2 months ago

I agree with dog the pixie

plumcrunch · 2 months ago

I Kind of do kind of don't

rosiem · 2 months ago

No i'm afraid I don't but i also think that i should- it can be important!!!

penguinbow · 1 month ago


prongsii · 3 weeks ago

i dont know the signs and i think its really important that they teach us or maybe they just write it down on all products to make life easier

flossingg · 15 hours ago

i do