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!!
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?
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