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Preparing Material for Recycling

Information is provided to ensure the proper steps are taken to effectively recycle materials.

Rinse & Insert Lid: Rinse your container out, and then stick the lid back inside the container. You can do this with all metal cans.
Empty & Replace Cap: Before recycling your item, remove as much of the product as possible. No need to rinse - just be sure to put the cap back on!
Empty Before Recycling: Make sure to remove as much product as you can from the container. No need to rinse. If there is a cap or other closure on this item it means the cap is recyclable and should stay on the container for recycling.
Rinse Before Recycling: Just a quick rinse and recycle it!
Rinse & Replace Lid: Rinse the container but then be sure to put the lid back on!
Recycle If Clean & Dry: Before you recycle this item, throw away or compost any remaining product inside and make sure it isn't sticky or wet.
See Website for Cap/Bottles: Certain caps and small packaging are too small to make it through a recycling facility. Ask your drop-off location if they accept loose caps, or send your plastic caps to Terracycle or Gimme 5. For glass beverage bottles with small, crown shaped metal caps, it's best to collect them in an emptied soup can. Once you have filled the can, squeeze the top closed and toss it in your recycling bin!
Remove Label Before Recycling: This means for this specific package, your container won't be recycled properly unless you remove the label first.
Empty & Discard Sprayer: This means before you recycle your bottle, make sure you remove the sprayer. This usually means the sprayer contains metal parts.
Empty & Reattach Sprayer: This means before you recycle the bottle, make sure it's empty and reattach the sprayer. For this packaging, the sprayer is recyclable!
Empty & Discard Pump: This means before you recycle your bottle, make sure you remove the pump. This usually means the pump contains metal parts.
Empty & Reattach Pump: This means before you recycle the bottle, make sure it's empty and reattach the pump. For this packaging, the pump is recyclable!

How2Recycle

Information and locational instructions let you know if an item can be recycled traditionally or by other means.

Widely Recycled: At least 60% of Americans can recycle this package at curbside recycling or drop-off recycling.
Limited Recycling: Between 60% and 20% of Americans can recycle this package at curbside recycling or drop-off recycling. Check your local program.
Not Yet Recycled: Either less than 20% of Americans can recycle this package, or, it could cause a problem in a recycling facility.
Store Drop-Off: Anyone who lives near a store that accepts plastic bags and wraps for recycling can take this packaging to that store and recycle it there.

Type of Recyclable Material

Lists what type of material the packaging is made from.
Plastic: There are many types of plastic, but don’t worry — How2Recycle will let you know if it's recyclable or not.
Paper: Paper comes in many forms. With How2Recycle, we will let you know if you can recycle it!
Metal: Metal encompasses steel and aluminum. You don’t need to know what’s what — just look for the label!
Coated Paper: Coated paper means it is paper with a plastic film coating. Sometimes it is on part of or all of the paper. You don’t need to look too closely, we’ll tell you how you should recycle it.
Glass: Maybe it’s crystal-clear, and maybe it’s not… Just look for the label and we’ll tell you what to do!
Multi-layer: This material is a mix of a few. Maybe it is a layer of metal with a layer of plastic. No need to look too closely, just check the How2Recycle label!

Lists Recyclable Parts of Packaging

Information on what parts of the packaging needs to be recycled in this specific way.

Bottle: This helps you identify which part of the packaging we're referring to.
Tray: This helps you identify which part of the packaging we're referring to.
Insert: This helps you identify which part of the packaging we're referring to.
Box: This helps you identify which part of the packaging we're referring to.
Bag: This helps you identify which part of the packaging we're referring to.
Wrap: This helps you identify which part of the packaging we're referring to.
Can: This helps you identify which part of the packaging we're referring to.
Film: This helps you identify which part of the packaging we're referring to.
Pouch: This helps you identify which part of the packaging we're referring to.

Preparing Material for Recycling

Information is provided to ensure the proper steps are taken to effectively recycle materials.

  • Rinse & Insert Lid: Rinse your container out, and then stick the lid back inside the container. You can do this with all metal cans.
  • Empty & Replace Cap: Before recycling your item, remove as much of the product as possible. No need to rinse - just be sure to put the cap back on!
  • Empty Before Recycling: Make sure to remove as much product as you can from the container. No need to rinse. If there is a cap or other closure on this item it means the cap is recyclable and should stay on the container for recycling.
  • Rinse Before Recycling: Just a quick rinse and recycle it!
  • Rinse & Replace Lid: Rinse the container but then be sure to put the lid back on!
  • Recycle If Clean & Dry: Before you recycle this item, throw away or compost any remaining product inside and make sure it isn't sticky or wet.
  • See Website for Cap/Bottles: Certain caps and small packaging are too small to make it through a recycling facility. Ask your drop-off location if they accept loose caps, or send your plastic caps to Terracycle or Gimme 5. For glass beverage bottles with small, crown shaped metal caps, it's best to collect them in an emptied soup can. Once you have filled the can, squeeze the top closed and toss it in your recycling bin!
  • Remove Label Before Recycling: This means for this specific package, your container won't be recycled properly unless you remove the label first.
  • Empty & Discard Sprayer: This means before you recycle your bottle, make sure you remove the sprayer. This usually means the sprayer contains metal parts.
  • Empty & Reattach Sprayer: This means before you recycle the bottle, make sure it's empty and reattach the sprayer. For this packaging, the sprayer is recyclable!
  • Empty & Discard Pump: This means before you recycle your bottle, make sure you remove the pump. This usually means the pump contains metal parts.
  • Empty & Reattach Pump: This means before you recycle the bottle, make sure it's empty and reattach the pump. For this packaging, the pump is recyclable!

How2Recycle

Information and locational instructions let you know if an item can be recycled traditionally or by other means.

  • Widely Recycled
    Widely Recycled: At least 60% of Americans can recycle this package at curbside recycling or drop-off recycling.
  • Limited Recycling * Not recycled in all communities
    Limited Recycling: Between 60% and 20% of Americans can recycle this package at curbside recycling or drop-off recycling. Check your local program.
  • Not Yet Recycled
    Not Yet Recycled: Either less than 20% of Americans can recycle this package, or, it could cause a problem in a recycling facility.
  • Store Drop-Off
    Store Drop-Off: Anyone who lives near a store that accepts plastic bags and wraps for recycling can take this packaging to that store and recycle it there.

Type of Recyclable Material

Lists what type of material the packaging is made from.
  • Plastic: There are many types of plastic, but don’t worry — How2Recycle will let you know if it's recyclable or not.
  • Paper: Paper comes in many forms. With How2Recycle, we will let you know if you can recycle it!
  • Metal: Metal encompasses steel and aluminum. You don’t need to know what’s what — just look for the label!
  • Coated Paper: Coated paper means it is paper with a plastic film coating. Sometimes it is on part of or all of the paper. You don’t need to look too closely, we’ll tell you how you should recycle it.
  • Glass: Maybe it’s crystal-clear, and maybe it’s not… Just look for the label and we’ll tell you what to do!
  • Multi-layer: This material is a mix of a few. Maybe it is a layer of metal with a layer of plastic. No need to look too closely, just check the How2Recycle label!

Lists Recyclable Parts of Packaging

Information on what parts of the packaging needs to be recycled in this specific way.

  • Bottle: This helps you identify which part of the packaging we're referring to.
  • Tray: This helps you identify which part of the packaging we're referring to.
  • Insert: This helps you identify which part of the packaging we're referring to.
  • Box: This helps you identify which part of the packaging we're referring to.
  • Bag: This helps you identify which part of the packaging we're referring to.
  • Wrap: This helps you identify which part of the packaging we're referring to.
  • Can: This helps you identify which part of the packaging we're referring to.
  • Film: This helps you identify which part of the packaging we're referring to.
  • Pouch: This helps you identify which part of the packaging we're referring to.

The Multi-Component Labels

We want to be sure that you know how to recycle your whole package, not just a part of it! For a How2Recycle label like the one at right, each "tile" represents a different part of the package. This is really helpful for when you're trying to know how to recycle different parts of your package. How2Recycle labels are intended to be read left to right, based on which part of the packaging you encounter first.

Multi Labels