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 Universal Recycling Symbols


Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) is proud to unveil the newly developed standardized symbols for recycling, food scraps, and trash. These symbols will unify recycling and composting efforts across Vermont so that no matter where one recycles or composts in Vermont, they will see the same symbols. These symbols were created as tools to help implement Vermont's Universal Recycling law (Act 148). >>Read more.

 

Vermont is taking a big step in helping to promote consistency in messaging for materials management nationally by adopting these colors and images for statewide use. The designs are similar to those being used by major cities, such as San Francisco and Seattle. Vermont's standardized recycling, food scraps, and trash symbols were conceived by an Act 148 work group comprised of solid waste management entities, non-profit organizations, businesses, and state agencies. Final symbol designs were created in partnership with the Chief Marketing Office of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

These symbols should be used by businesses, haulers, solid waste management entities, schools, and anywhere that source separation occurs. They can be used on containers, outreach materials, totes, trucks, and more. The preferred order is recycling, food scraps, then trash. Consult with your solid waste management entity about locally available resources.

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Symbols & Signs to Download


Download packages of symbols in a .zip file directly to your computer using the drop-down menu below;

OR, choose a file format in the chart below to download or copy single images. Scroll down for guidance on image file types.


  Recycling Food Scraps Trash

Circle symbols, no text

Recycling symbol
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recycling symbol:
PNG   73 KB
PNG-ZIP 60 KB
JPG 630 KB
JPG-ZIP 443 KB
PDF 309 KB

 

Food scraps symbol
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food scraps symbol:
PNG   92 KB
PNG-ZIP 78 KB
JPG 646 KB
JPG-ZIP 429 KB
PDF 309 KB

 

Trash symbol
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trash symbol:
PNG   85 KB
PNG-ZIP 70 KB
JPG 403 KB
JPG-ZIP 143 KB
PDF 308 KB

 

Circle symbols, with text

Recycling symbol with text
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recycling symbol with text:
PNG   92 KB
PNG-ZIP 78 KB
JPG 738 KB
JPG-ZIP 557 KB
PDF 317 KB

 

Food scraps symbol with text
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food scraps symbol with text:
PNG 119 KB
PNG-ZIP 105 KB
JPG 704 KB
JPG-ZIP 489 KB
PDF 320 KB

 

Trash symbol with text
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trash symbol with text:
PNG  93 KB
PNG-ZIP 79 KB
JPG 416 KB
JPG-ZIP 160 KB
PDF 314 KB

 

Signs

Recycling sign
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recycling sign:
PNG 103 KB
PNG-ZIP 87 KB
JPG 407 KB
JPG-ZIP 192 KB
PDF 292 KB

 

Food Scraps sign
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food scraps sign:
PNG  146 KB
PNG-ZIP 131 KB
JPG 1061 KB
JPG-ZIP 628 KB
PDF  295 KB

 

Trash sign
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trash sign:
PNG 100 KB
PNG-ZIP 84 KB
JPG 298 KB
JPG-ZIP 88 KB
PDF 291 KB

 

Food Recovery Hierarchy

      Download choices for Vermont Food Recovery Hierarchy:

      PNG103 KB

      JPG-ZIP 21.2 KB

      Hi-Res PDF 233 KB

 

Which image file type should I use?

Note: All individual image files (non-zipped) will open up in a new window or tab in your internet browser. You may save the file to your computer from the new tab or window.

PNG

This image type generally allows for more manipulation of the image.  For instance, you can resize it more successfully than a .jpg format; you can also make part of it ‘transparent’ like a transparent GIF image type. Use PNG for making print graphics or for the web, and for use in projects where the image will be needed in multiple versions.

PNG-ZIP "Zip" is a special name for a compressed file. Use the .zip option to download the image directly to your computer.
JPG A good option for the web, as it is formally recognized by all browsers. JPG images do not respond well to frequent re-sizing and editing, so be mindful of how much the image will be manipulated. These are larger images that will do well on large posters and signs. 
JPG-ZIP For direct download to your computer. 
PDF Portable Document Format (PDF) are single documents that can be viewed or printed easily on all computer types with Adobe Reader (available for free download here). They are stand-alone documents that cannot be embedded in common programs like Microsoft Word, Excel, PPT, basic paint applications, etc. PDFs are a good option for sign-making and printing.
For multiple symbol downloads Use the drop-down menu to download multiple symbols at once directly to your computer. All of the symbol image files in a "package" will be downloaded in one folder to your hard drive.

Vermont's Universal Recycling symbols were unveiled at a press event at Main Street Middle School in Montpelier, VT, with the help of the school's Green Team.

Click here for the press release. November 2013 (PDF)

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Bryn Oakleaf
Department of Environmental Conservation
Waste Management & Prevention Division, Solid Waste Program
1 National Life Drive, Davis 1, Montpelier, VT 05620-3704
(802) 522-5783   bryn.oakleaf@state.vt.us

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