The Trash was not Collected because Items were not Separated as Ruled

Residents in our community are required to check “Trash Gathering Station” once a several months. The last Thursday was my house’s turn. So I went to the place in the afternoon in order to check whether or not the place was clean and if there were any trashes left uncollected.

Thursday was the day to collect Plastic trashes. I found two trashes were there; one was a pile of carton boxes that was to be collected only on 2nd and 4th Tuesday, the other was the trash that is shown below.


I Brought Someone’s Trash to my House.

This one contains plastic and burnable items. That day, Thursday, was to collect Plastic. And Burnable trashes are collected on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Those were not separated and put together in one carton box. Carton box is the type that is collected only twice a month. Simply put, this one was not separated as designated by the city government.

When I saw this one, I thought that a bad person must have done that. But a little later, I changed my speculation.

I guess there are type of people who take actions according to habits and rules in old times when they were young. It is hard for them to do things with new habits and rules. Currently trashes must be separated to at least eight types before being brought to the trash gathering place. But I remember, 40 years ago, the rule was so simple. There were only two types; Burnable and Non-burnable trashes.

So I realized that the trash was okay if following to the rule of 40 years ago. The items were all burnable. Probably the person thought that if she/he put burnable items, including plastic, together in one carton box, it could make the collectors work easier. The person was not so bad as I thought at first, but may be an ordinary citizen in our community.

I didn’t want to leave those two trashes there. Because If I left the two, the next person in charge would be at loss how to deal with them. I took them to my house. I will separate them and bring each trash to the place again on the day as ruled.


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