Waste Packaging - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

At Bravissimo we are committed to acting responsibly, which includes limiting the impact on the environment of packaging we send to you when you order from us.

We know there's so much information out there about recycling so in this section we've tried to pull together a simple guide to packaging symbols and recycling facilities. You will also find links to the national waste strategies that are underpinned by the waste hierarchy principles of reduce, reuse and recycle.

1. Your Guide to Packaging Symbols

There are many symbols that you might come across so below are the main icons you may find on packaging you receive to help you decide what you can recycle.

Main Packaging Symbols

European Ecolabel

European Ecolabel

Europe-wide award given to non-food products which minimise impact on the environment.

Green Dot

Green Dot

The Green Dot symbol indicates that a contribution has been made to an authorised packaging recovery scheme. This is used in EU countries, but not in the UK. Permission to use the trademark is obtainable under licence for export purposes.

Mobius

Mobius

Indicates that a product, or part of a product, is recyclable.

Mobius with percentage

Mobius with percentage

This is used on products that are made from a percentage of recycled fibre. The percentage by weight appears either in the centre of the loop or below it.

Nordic swan

Nordic swan

This is used on products that have had their manufacturing process assessed for impact on the environment. This label is concerned with impact to the environment during manufacture rather than recycled content and the selection of raw materials.

Tidyman

Tidyman

Do not litter - dispose of with care.

Plastic Packaging Symbols

Polyethylene terephthalate

Polyethylene terephthalate

Example: fizzy drink bottles and oven-ready meal trays

High-density polyethylene

High-density polyethylene

Example: milk bottles and washing-up liquids

Polyvinyl chloride

Polyvinyl chloride

Example: food trays, cling film, bottles for mineral water and shampoo

Low density polyethylene

Low density polyethylene

Example: carrier bags and bin liners

Polypropylene

Polypropylene

Example: margarine tubs, microwaveable meal trays

Polystyrene

Polystyrene

Example: yoghurt pots, foam meat trays, hamburger boxes, egg cartons, vending cups, protective packaging for electronic goods and toys

Plastics not in the above categories

Plastics not in the above categories

Example: melamine, which is often used in plastic plates and cups

Paper Packaging symbols

National Association of Paper Merchants

National Association of Paper Merchants

This mark is awarded to all paper or board that is made from a minimum of 75% genuine paper and board waste, no part of which should contain mill produced waste fibre.

RESY system

RESY system

This is a German system for reclaiming and recycling used paper and corrugated board containers. The symbol denotes that the packaging will be recycled and re-used.

2. Your Guide to Recycling Facilities

Where can I recycle packaging waste?

Most councils provide a weekly or bi-weekly collection for recycling a variety of packaging waste. Refer to your local council websites for further details on what type of waste can be recycled in your area.

Recycling Bank Locator

If you don't have a recycling collection from your council or are unsure where else you can recycle packaging waste use this easy recycling bank locator to find recycling banks close to your home, all you need is your postcode.

3. Your Guide to the Waste Hierarchy - Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

There are three ways we can work together to limit waste packaging.

Reduce - Place your order by telephone ({Content-PhoneNumber}) and if all your items are not available right away we can organise to have your full order shipped to you in one parcel rather than in separate parcels as they become available. We remove unnecessary packaging for individual items before we pack your parcel to reduce how much packaging we send you, which you may find easier to reuse.

Reuse - Shipping boxes can make great storage boxes or can be reused for sending personal parcels. Place your order by telephone ({Content-PhoneNumber}) and we can ship your order in an unbranded box.

Recycle - The majority of the packaging we send you is paper and cardboard so we hope you find this easy to recycle using your local council services. If you aren't sure where your local recycling banks are use the link above to locate the nearest ones to your home.

4. Your Guide to the UK National Waste Strategies

England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland have each developed a National Waste Strategy which outlines how the UK plans to deal with the increasing amount of waste that has been produced year on year.

For England, Defra has published its Government Review of Waste Policy in England 2011. Also see its initial Waste Strategy Document 2007.

For Scotland, see the Scottish Government's Zero Waste Plan 2010.

For Wales, see the Overarching Waste Strategy Document for Wales June 2010.

For Northern Ireland, see the Northern Ireland Waste Management Strategy 2006 - 2020.

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