rubbish free rubbish bin

A public bin outside the staff office

  Inside the office

In Japan, the cleanest and most rubbish free spot is not shopping malls, hospitals, or your home. It’s the rubbish bins you can see in your office/ school/ community centre. Of course, it doesn’t include those you find in public streets or public toilets which are heavily under-staffed. From what I have observed over months of time, the rubbish bins in my schools and most offices in Japan usually contain no rubbish, or just one tiny little piece you can see with a magnifying glass. Funny isn’t it? Yet it’s dame true.

Where does the rubbish go?

So you may wonder where the rubbish goes. To my relief, people in Japan do chuck their rubbish into the rubbish bins instead of bringing them all the way back home or eating them up, but the rubbish is usually picked up in a very short period after it’s been dumped. That’s why you don’t usually see any rubbish in the bins. How do I know if a bin has rubbish or not it’s usually covered right you may wonder. The truth is : the bins in Japan are usually uncovered. It’s for the sake of flies and mozzies so they know they’re welcomed.

Sherlock Holmes time

Let’s do an analysis on the case here. Even if a piece of rubbish can’t be seen in a bin, it has to go somewhere and that would be another place that holds the rubbish right?
If they don’t want the rubbish to be seen, they may simply put a lid on top so more resources can be used somewhere else instead of having someone, usually the janitor in the office / school, to check the bin regularly to make the rubbish bin is rubbish free.

Sorry, I still can’t understand.


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