Can Better Labels Improve The Recycling Rate?

Are Americans recycling enough? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generated about 254 million tons of garbage and recycled or composted about 87 million tons of it in 2013. This amounts to a 34.3 percent recycling rate – a significant amount, to be sure, but still a far cry from what many environmental activists would like to see.

The reasons why this rate isn't higher is hard to discern. It's possible that some people simply don't want to bother, or perhaps lack easy access to a local recycling center. They may also simply not realize what is and is not recyclable.

"Are enough Americans recycling?"

The latter explanation was the catalyst for the creation of How2Recycle, a standardized labeling system that purports to provide clear signs for how different items should be reused. 

Currently, there are rules in place that prevent firms from making questionable claims about the recyclability of their products and packages, according to Packaging Digest.

For instance, the Federal Trade Commission bars companies from labeling a package recyclable if the majority of Americans do not have the ability to do so where they live. To satisfy these regulations while still keeping consumers informed, How2Recycle labels come in multiple categories. A product that can be recycled in most places will carry a different label than one that is only accepted in a few special facilities.

It's important for companies to think about their packaging techniques and whether they are properly conveying information that the consumer would like to know. Durafast offers printing solutions that help you produce exactly the labels you are looking for. Contact us today!

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