The European Union (Commission Directive 2008/98/EC) has set itself the goal of becoming a "recycling society with a high level of efficiency" trying to limit the production of waste and using it as a resource. Member States are asked to work so that the recyclable materials do not end up in landfills and by 2020 the recycling of municipal waste (limited to metal, paper, glass, plastic) must be increased by at least 50% of the weight.


The European Union proposes a different economic model, where raw materials are no longer extracted, used once and then thrown away. In a circular economy waste disappears and its reuse, repair and recycling becomes standard. Prolonging the productive use of materials, reusing them and increasing their efficiency also serves to strengthen the EU's competitiveness on the world stage. This approach explains how innovation in the markets for recycled materials, new business models, eco-design and industrial symbiosis will bring us to a “zero waist” society and economy.


Symbols to better understand the recycling

 

RESY symbol

This indicates that the packaging material is recycled, or that the same is recyclable, but not necessarily recycled. It is used for paper and cardboard. If it says RESY, the raw material is 100% recycled paper.


green point

Der Grüne Punkt

In Northern Europe and in Germany it attests that the manufacturer adheres to the consortia, under the law, to organize the recovery and recycling of packaging. The logo indicates to the consumer that a contribution has been paid to the management of the collection and it does not symbolize a more environmentally friendly or recyclable packaging.

 

Do not dump after use

It simply suggests not to waste packaging in the environment and to dispose of it properly.


Waste of Electric and Electronic Equipment

WEEE

The presence of this symbol on a product indicates that it should not be thrown in the daily trash but that is should be collected separately for recycling operations or disposal in accordance with law.


Triman

This is a visual signal that indicates that there are instructions for a correct waste disposal (including packaging). The symbol may be accompanied by a message that informs the consumer on the point of collection of the product or on the disposal instructions.


Recycling instruction of Edison packaging

kind of packaging

instructions

packaging example

box


consisting entirely of cardboard, is 100% recyclable in PAPER collection


HF blister


consisting of a sheet of paper and a plastic box (PVC), it is 100% recyclable in PAPER and PLASTIC collection


window box

this box consists of a carton box and a glued transparent plastic (PVC) sheet. The cardboard and plastic sheet must be separated before being inserted into the PAPER and PLASTIC collection.


The tray inside is made of plastic (PS) and is 100% recyclable in the PLASTIC collection


display




this consists of a cardboard box and a plastic fastener (PS), it is 100% recyclable in PAPER and PLASTIC collection.


WARNING! In some cases, a screw is used to lock the product. This should be disposed of in special containers for iron collection.


card #1




it consists of a sheet of paper and one or more plastic strips (PA), it is 100% recyclable in PAPER and PLASTIC collection.


WARNING! In some cases, metal staples are used for the anchoring of products. These staples should be disposed of in special containers for iron collecting.


card #2




this consists of a sheet of paper and a plastic bag (PVC), it is 100% recyclable in PAPER and PLASTIC collection.


WARNING! The package also contains metal staples for the anchoring of products. These staples should be disposed of in special containers for iron collecting.



blister standard


this consists of a cardboard card and a sheet of plastic (PVC) welded together. The two components must be separated as good as possible. The cardboard is recyclable in the PAPER collection while the plastic sheet, not perfectly clean, will be inserted into the container for waste collection.


hanger


the packaging consists of the plastic clamp only (PA), which is 100% recyclable in PLASTIC collection.