Environmental Paper Terms and Symbols


or … The universal recycling symbol is an internationally-recognized symbol used to designate recyclable materials. It is composed of three chasing arrows that form a Möbius strip or unending loop. This symbol does not indicate recycled paper but only that the paper is recyclable, there could however still be recycled content in the paper.


Paper recycling is the process of recovering waste paper and remaking it into new paper products. There are three categories of paper that can be used as feedstocks for making recycled paper: mill broke, pre-consumer waste, and post-consumer waste.

• Mill broke is paper trimmings and other paper scrap from the manufacture of paper, and is recycled internally in a paper mill.

• Pre-consumer waste is material that was discarded before it was ready for consumer use.

• Post-consumer waste is material discarded after consumer use such as old magazines, telephone directories and residential mixed paper.

Recycled paper symbol Partially-recycled paper symbol

Processed Chlorine Free…

Paper made from post-consumer waste and unbleached or bleached without Chlorine compounds.

We recommend recycled paper with high post consumer content. Contact one of our customer service representatives to find out what options are available to best suit your project.