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Everyone knows the recycling symbol. First created in 1970, it seems to turn up everywhere these days. But did you know the recycling symbol does not always mean an item is recyclable? In fact, there are multiple recycling symbols, and each has a different meaning. Let's decipher them:

1. Recyclable (Sometimes, Some Places)

This symbol does not necessarily mean that an item is always recyclable. is recyclable somewhere . In other words, it's possible that it's recyclable in Truckee, but it's not definite. Sometimes a recycling symbol will be accompanied by the phrases "please recycle" or "widely recyclable," which means it is likely that you can recycle it curbside, but you still need to check the recycling guide to ensure it is accepted by our program.

This is also used to indicate that an item is made from recycled materials . In this case, it might have a number in the middle indicating the percentage of recycled materials used to make it.

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2. Made From Recycled Paper

This symbol, the recycling sign over a dark circle, is more specific. Used by paper products such as cardboard and napkins, this symbol means that the item was made from materials that have already been recycled . However, even though it looks like the recyclable symbol, not all products with this symbol can be recycled. Napkins, for example, are end-of-use products, meaning it's the end of the road for those super-short paper fibers, and you're going to have to throw them away. Cardboard, however, could still be recycled.

3. The Plastic Resin Code, or Type of Plastic

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4. A compostable (But Probably Not in Your Backyard)

However, not all industrial compost programs accept all materials , So you will still have to check with the facility you are bringing materials to. Please note that compostable items are not recyclable . Also, do not try to compost items with this symbol at home unless the label says you can. Industrial facilities can handle items that might never break down in a backyard compost.

5. The How2Recycle Label

The How2Recycle label is becoming more common, and it's carefully regulated to provide you with accurate information. It indicates if an item is recyclable widely, in limited areas, not at all, or if it needs to be dropped off at the store. Since up to 40 percent of U.S.

The How2Recycle label also tells you what materials the item is made from, which parts can not be recycled. be recycled and if you need to prepare the item for recycling, such as by rinsing it out. For example, check out the instructions on the frozen food package below.

It's helpful to have these memorized symbols, but even if you do, they'll never be accurate at our local program information. Remember that you can look an item up in our recycling guide at any time, even from your phone. Try to recycle everything you can - but do not assume that you should toss something into your recycling just because it has a symbol on it.

2. Made of Recycled Paper

This symbol, the recycling sign inside a dark circle, is more specific. Used by paper products such as cardboard and napkins, this symbol means that the item is made from materials that have already been recycled . However, even if it looks like the recyclable symbol, not all products with this symbol can be recycled. Napkins, for example, are end-use products, which means it's the end of the road for those super-short paper fibers, and you're going to have to throw them away. The carton, however, could still be recycled.

3. The Code of Plastic Resin or Type of Plastic

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