What do Recycling Symbols on Food Packaging Means?


If you are curious enough, you have noticed the small triangle printed on packaging labels. These are very common in mineral waters, energy drinks, juice and soda beverages.

Aluminum, glass  type packaging are reusable. They can be used as food container repeatedly. However, its not true for plastic and paper type packaging.  We know that paper degrades easily and reusing plastics pose dangers in our health.

Plastic and paper should be recycled but not for food use. The following briefly describes the recycle symbols:

1) PET -+- Polyethlene Terapthalate.Fizzy drinks, Mineral water, squashes and cooking oils.
2) HDPE -+- High Density Polyethylene. Milk bottles, juice bottles.
3) V -+- Polyvinyl Chloride. Not well known.
4) LDPE -+- Low Density Polyethylene
5) PP -+- Polypropylene
6) PS -+- Polysterene
7) OTHER -+- All other resins and multi-materials.

Plastic number 4 to 7 are hard to recycle due complexity of mixture. Most companies use this kind of plastic for their commodities.



One Comment

  • Yes! I agree with the fact of recycling materials and paper & plastic should not be reused for food packaging.Also, the post is quite informative about the recycling symbols. These symbols will inform the customers about the material used in food packaging.

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