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Recycling signs, posters and symbols

Standard recycling signs

Standard recycling signs

This resource provides signage to use with waste and recycling collection systems and bins, and to promote recycling facilities at events, workplaces and home.

The signs may be downloaded and used, copyright free, for any reasonable purpose.

Where applicable, some signs have been updated in accordance with the Australian Standard colour designations (AS 4123.7–2006 Mobile waste containers – Part 7: Colours, markings and designation requirements). Sign artwork is available for both colour and black and white printing.

Simply choose the file format you require (right click and choose ‘Save As’) and the original EPS, JPG or TIFF image file will be downloaded to your computer

General recycling symbols

Moebius loop

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HDPE Symbol

 

 

PET Symbol

 

 

 

Away from home recycling

Signs - standard

 

 

 

 

       

Stickers / Bin Lids

Colour = Black on PMS 108 or
equivalent yellow vinyl colour
Bin colour = Dark Green or Black with Yellow Lid

 

Signs - A3 Size

Colour = PMS 032
Bin colour = Dark Green or Black with Red Lid

Garbage Sign
Recycling Sign on Yellow

Colour = Black on PMS 108 or
equivalent yellow vinyl colour
Bin colour = Dark Green or Black with Yellow Lid

Recycling Sign

Blank signs

Cans

Signs - Standard

Recycling sign - grey and white - aluminium cans Aluminium cans Recycling sign in Black
Steel cans - recycling sign in grey and white Steel cans - recycling sign in black and white
Steel cans - recycling sign in grey and white Steel cans - recycling sign in black and white
Glass bottles and Aluminium cans Sign in Yellow Glass bottles and Aluminium cans Sign in black

Stickers / Bin Lids

Aluminium cans - recycling sticker in grey and white Aluminium cans Recycling Sticker in black
Steel cans - recycling sticker in grey and white Steel cans Recycling Sticker
Steel cans - recycling sticker in grey and white Steel cans - recycling sticker in black and white
       

Construction & demolition

Signs - Standard

Bricks and Tiles Blue Bricks and Tiles
Concrete Bricks and Tiles Blue Concrete Bricks and Tiles
Plasterboard Sign in Green Plasterboard Sign
Steel Sign in Gray Steel Sign
Stainless Steel Sign Stainless Steel Sign in Black
Mixed Metal Sign in grey Mixed Metal Recycling Sign
Untreated Timber Sign in Orange Untreated Timber Recycling Sign
Treated timber
Bricks Recycling Sign in Rubine red Bricks Recycling Sign
Concrete and Cement Recycling Sign in Gray Concrete and Cement Recycling Sign
Bitumen and Asphalt Recycling Sign in Khaki Bitumen and Asphalt Recycling Sign

Glass

Signs - Standard

Glass bottles and jars recycling sign Glass bottles and jars recycling sign
Brown Glass Bottles and Jars Recycling Signs Brown Glass bottles and jars recycling sign
Green glass bottles and jars recycling sign Green Glass bottles and jars recycling sign
Clear glass bottles and jars Recycling Sign

Stickers / Bin Lids

Glass bottles and jars recycling sticker Glass bottles and Jars Recycling sticker in Black
Brown glass bottles and jars recycling sticker Brown glass bottles Recycling Sticker in Black
Green glass bottles and jars recycling sticker Green glass bottles Recycling Sticker in Black

 

Clear glass bottles Recycling Sticker in black
 

Garbage

Signs - A3

Garbage recycling sign, A3, red

Colour = PMS 032
Bin colour = Dark Green or Black with Red Lid

Garbage Sign, A3, black

Signs - Standard

Garbage sign showing 5 items

Colour = PMS 032
Bin colour = Dark Green or Black with Red Lid

Garbage Sign A4 showing 5 items
Garbage sign with 4 items

Colour = PMS 032
Bin colour = Dark Green or Black with Red Lid

garbage sign, black, with 4 items

Colour = PMS 032
Bin colour = Dark Green or Black with Red Lid

Stickers / Bin Lids

Garbage sticker, red

Colour = PMS 032
Bin colour = Dark Green or Black with Red Lid

Garbage Bin Lid Sticker
Garbage bin lid sticker, with food

Colour = PMS 032
Bin colour = Dark Green or Black with Red Lid

Garbage, including food scraps, black
Garbage sticker, no food scraps, red

Colour = PMS 032
Bin colour = Dark Green or Black with Red Lid

Garbage sticker, no food scraps, black

Liquid paperboard

Signs - Standard

Milk and juice cartons, waxed paperboard only recycling sign Milk and Juice Cartons, waxed paperboard only recycling sign
Milk and juice cartons, recycling sign Milk and juice cartons recycling sign, black

Stickers / Bin Lids

Milk and juice cartons, waxed paperboard only, sticker Milk and juice carton, waxed paperboard only, recycling sticker
Milk and juice cartons sticker

Mixed recyclables

Signs - Standard

Mixed Recyclables Sign Yellow Mixed Recyclables Sign
Mixed Recyclables with containers Sign on Yellow Mixed Recyclables with containers Sign
Mixed Recyclables all Sign on yellow Mixed Recyclables all Sign
Mixed Recyclable Pet bottles and Milk Cartons Sign on yellow Mixed Recyclable Pet bottles and Milk Cartons Sign
Pet bottles and Cans mixed Recyclables Sign on yellow Pet bottles and Cans mixed Recyclables Sign
Mixed Recyclable Drink containers Sign on yellow Mixed Recyclable Drink containers Sign
Mixed recyclables, liquid paperboard, yellow Mixed recyclables, liquid paperboard, black
Mixed recyclables, no liquid paperboard, black
Mixed recyclables, fully comingled, yellow Mixed recyclables, fully comingled, black

 

 

Stickers / Bin Lids

Mixed recyclables, fully comingled, sticker, yellow Mixed recyclables, fully comingled, black
Mixed recyclables, liquid paperboard, yellow Mixed recyclables, liquid paperboard, black
Mixed recyclables, no liquid paperboard, yellow Mixed recyclables, no liquid paperboard, black
Drink containers, yellow Drink containers, black

Organics

Signs - Standard

Food organics sign, burgundy Food organics sign, black
Food organics and paper sign on maroon Food organics and paper sign, black
Garden organics sign - green and white Garden organics sign
Garden and food organics sign - green and white Garden and food organics sign
Garden and food organics sign - new - green and white Garden and food organics sign - new - black and white

Stickers / Bin Lids

Food organics sticker in maroon Food organics sticker, black
Food Organics sticker - maroon and white Food Organics sticker - black and white
Food organics and paper sticker - maroon and white Food organics and paper sticker - black and white
Garden Organics sticker - green and white Garden Organics Sticker
Garden and food organics sticker - green and white Garden and Food Organics Sticker

Office recycling

Signs - Standard

Bottles & Cans Recycling Sign on yellow Bottles and Cans Recycling Sign
Garbage sign Garbage Recycling Sign
Garbage, no recycling Garbage, no recycling, black
Paper and cardboard, blue Paper & Cardboard
Recycling, co-mingled, yellow Recycling, co-mingled, black
High quality paper, blue    

Stickers / Bin Lids

Bottles and Cans Sticker Bottle and Cans Sticker
Paper and cardboard, blue Black Paper and Cardboard Recycle Sticker
Garbage, red Black Garbage Recycle Sticker
Recycling, comingled, yellow Recycling, comingled, black
Garbage, no recycling, red Garbage, no recycling, black

 

High quality paper, blue    

Paper & cardboard

Signs - Standard

Cardboard recycling sign, blue Cardboard Recycling Sign
Paper and cardboard recycling sign, blue Paper and cardboard recycling sign, black
Mixed paper, recycling sign, blue Mixed Paper Recycling Sign, black
High quality recycling sign, blue High Quality Paper Recycling Sign, black

Stickers / Bin Lids

Cardboard, recycling sticker, blue Cardboard, recycling sticker, black
Paper and cardboard recycling sticker, blue Paper and Cardboard Recycling Sticker, black
High quality paper recycling sticker, blue High quality paper recycling sticker, black

Plastics

Signs - Standard

Plastic bottle Recycling Sign on Orange

 

Plastic bottle Recycling Sign
Pet Plastic bottles Recycling Sign on Orange

 

Pet Plastic bottles Recycling Sign
Plastic bottles and containers, orange Plastic bottles & containers, black

Stickers / Bin Lids

Pet plastic bottles Recycling Sticker Orange Pet plastic bottles Recycling Sticker
Plastic bottle Recycling sticker Orange Plastic bottle Recycling sticker
Plastic bottles and containers, orange, recycling sticker Plastic bottles & containers, black, recycling sticker

Notes about the graphics files

  • Individual graphics are also available so you can develop your own signs.
  • Ink colours are specified according to the Pantone Matching System (PMS). If necessary, colours should be adjusted to match the specified PMS colours as closely as possible.
  • You may wish to add your council logos, sponsorship information, translations or other information. The signs can be varied or manipulated to suit your purposes, although please retain the colour codes.
  • The font is Univers Bold.

File formats

You can choose between TIFF, EPS and JPG formats. Files are suitable for Mac and PC.

  • TIFF files can be opened by graphics software such as Photo Editor, Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, etc. This format is ideal for general purpose printing and use. Images can also be pasted directly into applications such as MS Word, Publisher and PowerPoint.
  • The TIFF image resolution is 300 dpi at A4 size. As these files are large they have been compressed and packaged within a ZIP archive. Use WinZip or UNZIP to extract the image file from this package.
  • EPS files can be opened and manipulated by vector graphics software such as Adobe Freehand or Illustrator. They can also be placed in desktop publishing applications like InDesign or QuarkXPress. This format is ideal for high-quality image and print reproduction.

NOTE: Due to an Internet Explorer error you may find the files being saved as ‘.PS’ rather than ‘.EPS’. Should this occur, manually rename the file and change the file extension to ‘.EPS’.

For more information on correcting this problem visit (http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=180030 ). The link is provided for information only and the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) does not offer any support for problems experienced when trying to reconfigure your computer using these instructions.

  • JPG files can be opened and used in a wide range of programs and can also be pasted directly into MS Word and PowerPoint. JPG image resolution is 300 dpi.
  • The graphics are A4-sized designs suited to any kind of reproduction including screen-printing. Files suitable for printing as stickers for mobile garbage bin lids (9 x 20 cm) are also included. File sizes can be modified to suit your needs. Discuss this with your printer.

Colours

The Australian Standard for mobile bin colours is AS 4123.7–2006 Mobile Waste Containers – Part 7: Colours, markings and designation requirements (available for purchase from http://www.standards.org.au/ ).

Bin colour designations for common waste categories

Waste category

Bin body colour

Bin lid colour

Garbage

Dark green or black

Red

Recycling (commingled or containers)

Dark green or black

Yellow

Paper and cardboard

Dark green or black

Blue

Organics (including co-collected food and garden organics)

Dark green or black

Lime green 

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Page last updated: 12 May 2015