Impact of Visual Recycling Graphics

Visual graphics help direct more waste into recycling – as much as 52% more than text-only signs!*
*Study from Missouri University Science and Technology facilities

Standardized Recycling Graphics Guide


Select graphics with text labels or add your own customized text


Garbage     Garbage_CustText

Landfill     Landfill_CustText

Trash     Trash_CustText

Trash_01     Trash_CustText 01

Waste     Waste_CustText

Garbage_Pictogram     Garbage-Trash_Pictogram

Compost     Compost_CustText

Compostable     Compostable_CustText

Food-Waste     FoodWaste_CustText

Organics     Organics_CustText01


Beverage-Containers     Beverage-Containers_CustText

Glass-&-Cans     Glass-&-Cans_CustText

Cans     Cans_CustText

Glass     Glass_CustText

Cans-&-Bottles_01     Cans-&-Bottles_01_CustText

Cans-&-bottles     Cans-&-Bottles_CustText

Glass-Bottles     Glass-Bottles_CustText

PlasticBottles_01     PlasticBottles_CustText

Aluminum-Cans     Aluminum-Cans_CustText

Glass-&-Plastic     Glass-&-Plastic_CustText

Mixed-Bottles-Cans Pictogram     Cans and Beverages_Pictogram

mixed-paper     Mixed-paper_CustText

Mixed-Paper01     Mixed-Paper01_CustText

Newspaper     Newspaper_CustText

Office-Paper     Office-Paper_CustText

White-Paper     White-Paper_CustText

Cardboard     Cardboard_CustText

Office-Paper_Pictogram     Green-Paper_Pictogram

Visual support: Easy updates, simple stream identification, consistent visual standards, optional branding and promoting your program's success
*Study from Missouri University Science and Technology facilities

Given that it takes about two seconds for people to decide where to throw out their waste, you can see why visual support can make a huge difference in the success of a recycling program. Clear, concise graphics build program awareness, and when people recycle correctly, stream contamination is vastly reduced. Graphics can be customized with images of actual waste such as branded food containers. They can also include sustainability messages and be swapped out with new graphics to adapt with changing needs. Plus, all our graphics are designed and printed in-house on sustainable materials such as HDPE, ABS and Aluminum.

Case Study: See how clear graphics helped clean up a high school’s recycling stream by 72%

How to change the backboard graphics