At Abco Products like any fast moving product organisation we handle many different packaging to pack and transport our products. The company invests a considerable amount of time in assessing the most sustainable packaging solutions in order to minimise wastage and pollution. As a general policy we adopt a minimalist approach when it comes to packaging. Being in a Business to Business business enable us to come up with innovative new ways of reducing packaging and also costs for our customers. With new recycling laws coming our each year to reduce the impact of packaged products on the environment we have designed this page to help you understand the various symbols present on our packaging on order for you to do the right thing.
The Green Dot
The Green Dot does not necessarily mean that the packaging is recyclable, will be recycled or has been recycled. It is a symbol used on packaging in some European countries and signifies that the producer has made a financial contribution towards the recovery and recycling of packaging in Europe.
This indicates that an object is capable of being recycled, not that the object has been recycled or will be accepted in all recycling collection systems. Sometimes this symbol is used with a percentage figure in the middle to explain that the packaging contains x% of recycled material.
Plastic resin codes
This identifies the type of plastic resin used to make the item by providing a ‘Resin Identification Code’. It is represented with a ‘chasing arrows’ symbol surrounding a a number between 1 and 7 that defines the resin used.
This symbol asks that you recycle the glass container. Please dispose of glass bottles and jars in a bottle bank, remembering to separate colours, or use your glass household recycling collection if you have one.
This symbol from Keep Britain Tidy asks you not to litter. It doesn’t relate to recycling but is a reminder to be a good citizen, disposing of the item in the most appropriate manner.
Products certified to be industrially compostable according to the European standard EN 13432/14955 may bear the ‘seedling’ logo. Never place compostable plastic into the recycling with other plastics; as it is designed to break down it cannot be recycled and contaminates recyclable plastics. Plastics that carry this symbol can be recycled with your garden waste through your local authority.
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organisation which promotes sustainable forest management through independent third party certification. It is considered the certification system of choice for small forest owners.