‘Traffic light’ labelling could improve packaging recycling, says SUEZ

Waste management company SUEZ has stated that ‘eco-labelling’, involving a new combined colour and number system, could improve packaging recycling through reducing confusion among consumers, after running a recent series of workshops in which the company engaged with consumers about the barriers to easy and effective recycling.

One element of the proposed system would involve a three-tier ‘traffic light’ code, with red, amber and green versions of the commonly-used Mobius Recycling Loop to indicate how easily-recyclable the packaging is.

Alongside this colour system, SUEZ is suggesting that all product categories (to be determined by the availability of a recycling system for that product – so aluminium, card, glass, plastic bottles etc.) are assigned a number, to correlate with numbers to be placed on all bins and recycling containers in the UK.