「プラ」マークとは?| What’s that プラ symbol mean?

Have you ever seen this symbol in a package you’ve received?

プラsig

I recently did. I saw it along with other symbols, some of which were self-explanatory, others not so much:

プラと他のマーク

The プラ symbol has Japanese katakana, and is read as pura. What’s less evident is that it is short for プラスチック (purasuchikku, plastic). In case the arrows weren’t clear enough, I went and Googled what it means:

識別マークは、容器包装リサイクル法がリサイクルの対象としているプラスチックだけにつけられています。
This identification marker is only placed on packaging that are recyclable, according the recycle law. (If I translated it right.)
「プラ」 「PET」のマークの意味は?

So, it basically means: “Recyclable plastic.”

それ以外のプラスチックは、現状では「可燃ごみ」または「不燃ごみ」として分別することになっています。
Other plastics are, currently divided into “flammable garbage” and “non-flammable garbage”.
(ibid.)

One mystery of the world solved! 🙂

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