More of us are recycling these days. Figuring out what’s recyclable and what isn’t, however, is often like wandering through a maze. But there’s finally a light at the end of that tunnel.
Beginning in January 2012, the Package Recovery Label System’s national pilot program rolls out the new voluntary recycling labels. Developed over a three year period by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, the new labels will classify packaging as
- widely recyclable
- not yet recyclable
- or having limited recycling and suggesting consumers check locally to see whether it’s recycled in their area.
The labels won’t address recycled content, however.
The SPC will also give its website – how2recycle.info – on the new labels.
Even though the new labels will make it easier for consumers to identify what is and isn’t recyclable, there will still be challenges. For example, there will still be greenwashing to deal with, something that’s unfortunately as common as automatic garage doors. And there’s no consistent labeling system across all the materials currently in use.
Still, it’s a step in the right direction. And perhaps it will encourage even more Americans to recycle, rather than simply toss recyclables in the trash.