Garbage bags lined up ready for the drop
Rubbish in Japan, particularly the big cities, is always a problem. The biggest problem is, there is a lot of it. Then there is the issue of its disposal and how to get it ready to be thrown away.
Most residents know that they have to separate out burnable from non-burnable rubbish, and put aside large items for special collection days. Depending on where you live and how strict the building manager or landlord is you may also have to put separate other types of rubbish as well.
In my apartment building the separation and preparation of rubbish is very thorough. I sometimes end up stuck in the garbage room for too long and the smell is not pleasant. Must remember, not to drop garbage in garage room just prior to lunch!!
glass, metals, china all need to be separated
batteries and used lighters
Used cleaning products get their own special corner
large items such as computers, video machines etc can be thrown out on special days
Large rubbish needs a special pickup and will cost extra
newspapers, magazines, books. milk cartons separately piled
Some of our signs are in English. It still doesnt help remind what how to separate it all. Beware the prastic goods
the flower is a nice touch, but it still smells like a garbage room
plastic bottles, caps separate please and bags all have their own place
Bottles, Cans go out on tuesday. all have to be separated
i didn't arrange this neatly for the photo. This is how they were. Sprays and hangars separately arranged for disposal
You used to be able to throw out garbage in any type of plastic bag, but now, in Tokyo, garbage bags need to be see through. Companies need to buy stickers as a sort of “garbage tax” and paste them on the bag in some areas.
Garbage is a difficult subject when talking with other residents. There are those that don’t care and those that are very rigid to the rules. How is the garbage situation in your area?