Did you know???
The well-known RECYCLING SYMBOL was a college student's winning contest entry in 1970, the same year as the first Earth Day!
The COLOR that most often symbolizes recycling is Green. However, there are many Graphic SYMBOLS for RECYCLING.
The recycling symbol you see today with three arrows in the triangle shape was designed in 1970 as part of a contest sponsored by the Container Corporation of America (CCA) (now Jefferson Smurfit Corporation). As a special event for the original Earth Day in 1970 (started by John Mc Connell), CCA conducted a contest for graphic art students to design a symbol representing paper recycling. The winning entry was submitted by Gary Dean Anderson, a 5-year architecture student at the University of Southern California at Los Angeles. Later that year, William Lloyd, modified the contest winning recycling symbol to create the present-day image.