Universal Plastic Recycling Symbols

I’m sure you’ve seen the following symbols many times before on products and packaging, but have you ever wondered what they mean? They’re Universal Plastic Recycling Symbols. Each number represents a type of plastic and is used to sort plastics appropriately for recycling (I’ve noted below the download link which plastic is indicated by each of the numbers)

You can download these symbols as vector files by clicking on the link below the image. Enjoy!

universal recycling sign symbols vectors

Download: Universal Plastic Recycling Symbols
File Type: AI (Illustrator)


More Information:

1.    Symbol designating Polyethylene Terephthalate plastics (Type 1)
2.    Symbol designating High Density Polyethylene plastics (Type 2)
3.    Symbol designating Vinyl, Polyvinyl Chloride plastics (Type 3)
4.    Symbol designating Low Density Polyethylene plastics (Type 4)
5.    Symbol designating Polypropylene plastics (Type 5)
6.    Symbol designating Polystyrene plastics (Type 6)
7.    Symbol designating “Other” plastics (Type 7)
8.    Recycling Symbol for Generic Materials (often used with annotations or labels indicating specific material)

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