The rubbish problem

Have you noticed when you come to Japan that everything you buy in the shop is packed for you nicely? Even chewing gums in a packet are individually wrapped!
But this mountain of packaging material needs to be disposed off. Everything is therefore recycled.
In Europe we are at the infancy of recycling, here in Japan all rubbish has to be sorted in different categories.
For example in my dormitory, cans, bottles, flammable materials, non-flammable materials (and that depends in which prefecture you live in…), newspapers, magazines and food scraps need to be separated. I even found a yellow container near Nishi-Kokubunji station where people dispose of their batteries.
So every time you put something in the bin you have to carefully think before you throw, flammable, non-flammable, which prefecture am I in…?

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