On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) are delivering a simple, consistent message about UK-wide recycling. Now a recognised UN Environment Programme, their ‘Recycle’ and ‘Don’t Recycle’ labels can be used across multiple products, providing concise and clear instructions for consumers and councils.
These label options communicate effectively to consumers, and help protect the quality of our recycling streams. There are label options for each packaging component however, in some cases, for example, FFP’s recyclable lidding film, one label can be used for the tray and lid combination. This is because FFP’s recyclable lidding film (either PET or PP) is welded to a tray of the same material, effectively becoming a mono-material pack that can’t be easily separated by the consumer. OPRL would consider this to be one piece of packaging. Therefore, the whole pack can be labelled ‘Recycle’ and collected at kerbside.
Mono-material PP and PE where the metallised layer is no more than 0.1 micron, can be collected by front of store services. By brands including the correct labelling on their packaging, consumers are able to recycle these products correctly.