Recycling in Japan

Recycling in Japan is different from recycling in America. Something I didn’t think about ’til I encountered recycling bins labeled with a picture of fire and the word “PET.” Whoa, you can recycle your pets at the local konbini? Convenient. And harsh.

But no, the fire label is for combustibles and the PET label is for polyethylene terephthalate (polyester family, basically: plastic bottles). You’ll see this PET emblem on American products. I never really paid any mind ’til I went to Japan.

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