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Food packaging and labelling

Environmentally friendly packaging

Soft drink cans ready for recycling.

Environmentally friendly packaging causes less damage to the environment. There are three types:

  • Reusable packaging can be cleaned and re-used. For example, glass milk bottles are reused.
  • Recyclable packaging is made of materials that can be used again, usually after processing. Recyclable materials include glass, metal, card and paper.
  • Biodegradable packaging will easily break down in the soil or the atmosphere.

Recyclable packaging should carry standard symbols that show what the product is made from and how it can be recycled.

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