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Recycling Signs

When you’re recycling different types of waste on the same premises, it’s helpful to have signs directing people to the right places to put their rubbish. This avoids mistakes that can jam up recycling systems and cause all sorts of trouble. Our range of signs is designed to make it easy for you to keep track of what goes where. Familiar symbols, clear lettering and bright, distinctive colours make it easy for your workers and visitors to check at a glance. Some signs come in multiple forms so you can choose exactly what is right for you.

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Responsible recycling is important to meet your environmental obligations and it can also help you to get certified as a green company, which can make a positive impression on customers and potential investors. Making sure that recyclable materials are separated properly is also important to workplace safety. If hazardous waste, such as asbestos or flat glass, goes into the wrong bin it could result in someone being injured. This is why recycling signs have a key role to play in keeping your employees out of harm’s way.

Responsible recycling is important to meet your environmental obligations and it can also help you to get certified as a green company, which can make a positive impression on customers and potential investors. Making sure that recyclable materials are separated properly is also important to workplace safety. If hazardous waste, such as asbestos or flat glass, goes into the wrong bin it could result in someone being injured. This is why recycling signs have a key role to play in keeping your employees out of harm’s way.

Buyer’s Guide

Our range of recycling signs is extensive, and you may find that browsing these pages will make you aware of new and better ways you can separate waste. Talk to your local council to find out which recycling categories it uses and make sure you have appropriate recycling bins. Private collection services are also available for some types of waste. If you recycle materials directly, you may also find these signs useful for designating drop-off points for other organisations or members of the public that are depositing items with you.

Choosing the Right Signs

We have a range of recycling signs that are similar in design but use different colours for different types of materials. Choosing a selection of these is the easiest way to get people used to separating materials. Once they have learned which things go with which colour the coding will stick in their memory. Even if you collect mixed recycling you will find signs here to help you.

We also have signs for non-recyclable waste, so you can keep it organised and make sure it does not get mixed up with other things. Most of our signs are suitable for indoor or outdoor use, and we have a selection of signs for use if you are recycling wood or garden waste.

FAQs

What is recycling?

Recycling is the process of converting waste materials or products (that would otherwise have been thrown away) into new products and materials. You have likely seen recycling bin signs for paper, glass, plastics and metals – these are all materials that can be converted into new products.

Safetyshop has a comprehensive range of recycling signs for everything from recycling centre signs, to mixed recycling signs, and signs specifically for recycling foil, spectacles, batteries, and everything else that it is possible to recycle in the UK.

Why is recycling important?

Recycling is important because it is an easy and effective way to reduce waste, which in turn reduces environmental impact. As more and more people take steps to reduce their impact on the environment there is increased pressure on businesses and workplaces to provide adequate recycling options.

What can be recycled?

It can be difficult to know what can and cannot be recycled, and mistakes are easily made as the rules can be confusing. You may be wondering; can paper be recycled? The answer is yes, paper can be recycled, but it is important to be wary of some paper products that are not recyclable, such as paper cups. Other questions you might have are; can you recycle plastic or is glass recyclable? And again, the answer is not as straightforward as it may seem, as some - but not all - types of glass and plastic can be recycled.

As you can see, recycling correctly can be somewhat complex. Thankfully, the UK charity Recycle Now has a a comprehensive list of items that can and cannot be recycled, along with additional guidelines, resources and information.

What are recycling signs?

Recycling signs are signs that clearly indicate the types of materials that can be recycled. They should be installed on or above a bin in which the specific materials can be recycled.

Safetyshop’s recycling signage UK covers an extremely broad range of materials and products, including everything from large appliances to printer cartridges to dry recyclables. All of these signs have the standard text and imaging, so that anyone who encounters them will instantly be able to recognise the sign and understand the kind of recycling available.

Where should recycling signs be placed?

Ideally, signage for recycling should be placed in highly visible locations and close to the bins it represents. Many people are new to recycling and are still learning to associate specific colours with certain recycled materials, so it is important for the signs to clearly indicate the correct recycling bins.

When placing the signs, it is also very important to ensure that they are installed in a highly visible location. Outdoor signs or recycling yard signs should also be checked regularly to ensure that they have not been rendered illegible by the effects of adverse weather conditions, vegetation, or vandalism.

What are recycling waste signs made of?

Safetyshop’s signs are made in two different hardy materials to help you select the material that best suits the specific needs of your own workplace. One of the options available is self-adhesive vinyl, which can be easily installed on clean, dry surfaces. This is ideally suited to recycling signs for office environments, campuses and food service workplaces as these signs can be placed on any wall, window, or flat surface.

Alternatively, you can select signs made of polypropylene rigid plastic, which can be easily installed on walls, fences and other flat surfaces. The signs also come in a variety of sizes, so if you are looking to create a series of recycling station signs, you can easily place the appropriate signs next to one another.