Making sense
of recycling

The How2Recycle Label is a voluntary, standardized labeling system that clearly communicates recycling instructions to the public. Variation in recycling programs, unclear labeling, and inaccurate recyclability claims make proper recycling a challenge. The How2Recycle Label was created to provide consistent and transparent on-package recycling information to consumers. Currently the label only applies to packaging sold in the U.S.

Welcome to our newest How2Recycle participants: McDonald’s USA, Annie’s Inc., and Honest Tea!

The Label

The How2Recycle Label is comprised of five pieces of information for each unique packaging component:

Here’s what our consumers are saying about the How2Recycle Label

  • “More products should do this!! It takes away the ‘guessing game’ of recycling.”
  • “Finally someone has stepped up to help make consumers more aware that packaging can be recycled in detail. Thank you!!”
  • “I would love to see other stores/brands with your label to help people properly recycle. I will definitely support stores/brands that carry your label over those that don’t.”
  • “I ┬ádidn’t know these plastic films could be recycled. Thank you so much for providing this recycling information. I’m so glad to know I can recycle more things!!!!”

Store Drop-Off

Did you know? A wide variety of plastic bags, films, and wraps can go in plastic bag recycling bins at your favorite grocery store or retailer. This includes items with the How2Recycle Store Drop-Off label and bags and films using Resin Identification Codes #2 and #4. These items can NOT go in to curbside bins. In fact, less than 10% of Americans can put these items in their curbside bin, making store drop-off a great recycling solution.

To find out what you can recycle in these bins, and to find recycling locations, visit: plasticfilmrecycling.org