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Recycling symbols (Australia)

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State of New South Wales | State of Victoria

FOR A DETAILED EXPLANATION OF THE ORIGIN, DEVELOPMENT AND PRESENT UNDERSTANDING OF THE VARIOUS RECYCLING SYMBOLS UTILIZED IN THE UNITED STATES GO TO: http://www.earthodyssey.com/symbols.html.

In Australia the states of Victoria and New South Wales have adopted a system of recycling symbols that was developed by the Southern Sydney Waste Planning and Management Board. In Victoria the symbols are administered by EcoRecycle Victoria, the Victorian government agency charged with protecting the environment. In general, the symbols incorporate graphics and words to identify the recyclable material together with a stylized triangular mobius-loop universal recycling symbol that has been adopted within Australia. The plastic resin identification codes (1-7) are supported in localities to the extent the particular plastic materials are collected. However, these code numbers are not depicted within the graphic symbols to any extent.

Australia, like New Zealand, has developed a unified system that encompasses all types of recyclable materials. Their efforts may represent the evolution of recycling symbols away from the fragmented system that emanated from various sources in the United States, to a truly uniform, standardized, and internationally recognized system of symbols that nevertheless allows for a national identity. It must be kept in mind that the symbols provided on this page serve a primary purpose of identifying containers and locations for the collection of recyclable materials of one particular type per container. Consequently, an individual product must still be identified by a specific symbol to designate that it is in fact recyclable, or else there must be public knowledge that certain items are recyclable, as for example, aluminum cans or newspaper.

The symbol below has been adopted as the universal recycling symbol. It is incorporated in all of the specific recycling symbols for different materials.

Australia's Universal Recyling Symbol


The official recycling symbol of Australia in the form of a triangular moebius loop

 

Recycling Symbols Utilized
in the State of New South Wales

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Paper, cardboard, and paperboard | Glass | Plastic | Cans
Food and garden materials | Mixed materials | Construction materials and debris
Garbage (non-recyclable waste)

The symbols shown below may be downloaded from the website of Social Change Media.

The basic symbol images can be presented in portrait or landscape orientation. The portrait orientation, which is also the larger sized symbol, can be placed on the container itelf. The smaller landscape oriented symbol is sized for the lid of the container.

recycling symbol showing portrait style for use on a containerrecycling symbol showing landscape style for use on a container's lid


'Recyclable' symbols for paper, cardboard and paperboard


recycling symbol for cardboardrecycling symbol for milk and juice cartonsrecycling symbol for paper and cardboard mixed togetherrecycling symbol for high quality paper

Note: The recyclable content of milk and juice cartons must be waxed paperboard only.

'Recyclable' symbols for glass


recycling symbol for glass- all bottles and jarsrecycling symbol for glass- brownrecycling symbol for glass- clearrecycling symbol for glass- greenrecycling symbol for glass and aluminum cans

'Recyclable' symbols for plastic


recycling symbol for plastic containers made from PET resinrecycling symbol for plastic containers made from resins other than PET

'Recyclable' symbols for cans


recycling symbol for aluminum cansrecycling symbol for steel cans

'Recyclable' symbols for food and garden materials


recycling symbol for food waste mixed with paperrecycling symbol for food wasterecycling symbol for garden and food wasterecycling symbol for garden waste

'Recyclable' symbols for mixed materials


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'Recyclable' symbols for construction materials and debris


recycling symbol for timberrecycling symbol for bricksrecycling symbol for soil and clean fill recycling symbol for bitumen and asphalt recycling symbol for concrete and cement

recycling symbol for ceramics and tilesrecycling symbol for lead, zinc, and copperrecycling symbol for mixed clay products recycling symbol for steelrecycling symbol for plaster

Symbol for garbage (non-recyclable waste)


recycling symbol for garbage


All of the symbols displayed above are usable by the consumer for identification of containers holding specific recyclable materials. There is also a group of symbols whose use is primarily intended for transfer stations and landfills within the state of Victoria. These symbols are shown below many of which are identical to the ones above for New South Wales.

 


Recycling Symbols Uitlized
in the State of Victoria

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Cardboard, milk cartons, and paper | Glass | Plastic | Cans | Metals
Garden materials | Mixed materials | Construction materials
Miscellaneous | Garbage (non-recyclable waste)

The symbols shown below may be downloaded from the EcoRecycle Victoria website. The symbols all denote recyclable materials except, of course, for the symbol denoting a material with no further useful purpose, in other words garbage.

Cardboard, milk cartons, and paper


recycling symbol for cardboardrecycling symbol for milk and juice cartonsrecycling symbol for paper only


Glass bottles

recycling symbol for glass bottles and jars


Plastic bottles

recycling symbol for plastic containers made from PET resinrecycling symbol for plastic containers made from resins other than PET


Cans

recycling symbol for aluminum cansrecycling symbol for steel cans


Metals

recycling symbol for aluminumrecycling symbol for steelrecycling symbol for lead and copper


Garden materials

recycling symbol for food waste mixed with paperrecycling symbol for food waste


Mixed materials

recycling symbol for mixed materials


Construction materials

recycling symbol for timberrecycling symbol for bricks recycling symbol for bitumen and asphaltrecycling symbol for soil and clean fill recycling symbol for window glass recycling symbol for plaster


Miscellaneous

recycling symbol for garbagerecycling symbol for white goodsrecycling symbol for small appliancesrecycling symbol for smoke detectorsrecycling symbol for bric_a_brac recycling symbol for gas bottles

recycling symbol for phone batteriesrecycling symbol for car batteriesrecycling symbol for clothingrecycling symbol for chemicalsrecycling symbol for motor_oil


Garbage

recycling symbol for garbage

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