Smarter labeling

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is another in a series of recycling tips from the City of Covington's Neighborhood Services Department, Solid Waste & Recycling Division.)

COVINGTON, Ky. – Finally, there’s a recycling label that does not come with so much confusion.

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the “chasing arrows” symbol (the triangle surrounding a numeral) was actually a manufacturing label that reflected the type of plastic resin used in the product – not whether it could be recycled.

But the new “How2Recycle” label tells friends of the environment exactly what we need to know:

  • Whether a package can be recycled.
  • Whether the material needs to be prepared and how (i.e. rinsed out or lid removed).
  • What parts can be recycled.
  • What type of recycling material it is (such as plastic, glass etc.). 

Check out one such label for yourself:

Now THIS is one such label we don’t mind reading.