To: Michael Gove MP
All packaging to be labellled as recyclable or non-recyclable, using universally accepted logos
For public clarification:
1. All manufactures to label packaging in bold and in a prominent position as to whether it is Recyclable or Non-Recyclable.
2. One universally accepted logo to be agreed and made compulsory for manufactures to use for Recyclable and one for Non-recyclable materials
Why is this important?
The majority of items contain packaging of some sort.
Often packaging is not labelled as to whether the material is recyclable or non-recyclable. Recycling quotas could be much improved if all manufacturers were made (possibly by law) to state on the packaging if the material is recyclable or not. As a consumer I am often confused when unloading and removing packaging from my weekly shop as to which bin to use, so if in doubt I put in the waste bin.
In addition currently there are over 44 different Recycle logos used (see Above) which adds to the confusion, as some are clearer than others.
Even if the manufacturer does state on the packaging, it is mostly in very small print on the back of the package and takes a while to determine.
The agreed universal logo should be clearly marked in bold on the front or back of the item (preferably in the same place i.e. front bottom right hand corner) just as the notice used on many large plastic bags regarding making people aware of risk of children suffocating.