Recycling that makes sense

Variations in recycling programs, unclear labeling, and inaccurate recyclability claims make proper recycling a challenge. The How2Recycle label provides consistent and transparent on-pack disposal information to consumers in the US and Canada.

Geographic Qualifier: Recyclability sometimes varies between the US and Canada; follow the appropriate qualifier for your country.
Special Instructions: Provides additional instructions to effectively recycle materials.
Recyclability Designation: Communicates how to recycle or dispose of your package – Widely Recyclable, Check Locally, Store Drop-off, Not Yet Recyclable.
Packaging Material: Identifies the type of material the packaging component is made from. Helps clarify which component this label refers to.
Packaging Item: Describes which component the label is referencing. The How2Recycle label specifies disposal instructions for each component.

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Recyclability Designations


Take a deep dive into the How2Recycle labels.

Widely Recyclable

At least 60% of Americans and 50% of Canadians can recycle these packages through curbside or drop-off programs.

Not Yet Recyclable

Less than 20% of Americans and Canadians can recycle packages with this label, or there are significant challenges in sortation, reprocessing, or end markets. Dispose of these packages in the trash bin.

Store Drop-off

Applicable in the US only: Any PE film package with the How2Recycle Store Drop-off label can be brought to participating retail stores for plastic film collection.

Check Locally

Less than 60% of Americans and 50% of Canadians can recycle these packages through curbside or drop-off programs. Check with your local programs before recycling packages with this label.

How does your favorite brand get a label?

Brand reaches out to How2Recycle
They submit packaging specifications to How2Recycle
Info evaluated, label(s) assigned to each package



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