Recycling Symbol

The universal recycling symbol for you to download.

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Download the original recycling symbol

The universal recycling symbol, logo or icon is an internationally recognized symbol used to designate recyclable materials. The recycling symbol is in the public domain and is not a trademark. (source: Wikipedia)

Download and use the universal recycling logo for:

  • designing packaging;
  • PowerPoint presentations;
  • Word documents;
  • colouring sheet for kids;
  • your own website.

Note: Download the .EPS-version of the recycle logo below if you desire a vector graphic.


Universal Recycling Symbol (U+2672)

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Black Universal Recycling Symbol (U+267B)

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Recycling symbol in different colours

Below you can find free and high quality downloads of the official recycling symbol in every imaginable colour of the rainbow and in monotone black. The file format is .PNG and the images have a transparent background.

How to download:

  • Click on your favourite recycling icon.
  • Right click with you mouse on the image.
  • And save the logo to your hard drive.

Black recycling symbol

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Red recycling symbol

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Orange recycling symbol

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Yellow recycling symbol

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Light green recycling symbol

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Dark green recycling symbol

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Light blue recycling symbol

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Dark blue recycling symbol

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Purple recycling symbol

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Pink recycling symbol

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Magenta recycling symbol

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Recycling Unicode character

Use the original recycling symbol in your copy. You can copy and paste recycling icons like normal text: ♼. Grab the recycling Unicode icon’s here.


History of the recycling symbol

The original recycling symbol was designed by Gary Anderson in a logo design contest held by Bill Loyd, the graphic designer at Container Corporation of America in 1970.

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Bill Loyd and Gary Anderson designing the recycling symbol.

Facts about the original recycle symbol:

  1. The inside negative space of the symbol resembles a pine tree. (source)
  2. The recycling symbol is a variant of the Möbius loop to symbolize continuity with a finite entity. (source)
  3. The three arrows represent ‘reducing’, ‘reusing’, and ‘recycling’. (source)
  4. The original idea for the symbol was to create a symbol for recycled paper. The folded ‘chasing arrows’ resembles folded newspapers. (source)
  5. It took Gary Anderson ‘a day or two’ to come up with his design. (source)
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The negative space resembles a pine tree.

Read more about the recycling symbol

Learn more here about the background, history and design of the recycle logo. Or read an interview with Gary Anderson, the designer of the recycling symbol.

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