Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Some Unfortunate Irony About Garbage

An empty garbage bin and a lot filled with trash. Why is India filled with so much trash everywhere? It was such a striking contrast to Japan, where they don't even allow public trash bins (after the Sarin Gas attacks)--people just carry their trash until they visit a restaurant or something. We try embarassing people who blatantly throw bottles on the ground, but honestly, many people don't feel any sense of shame over littering. One could argue that littering is good, because it helps the ragpickers recycle more effectively... But that logic fails during the monsoon, when the streets everywhere flood from drains that have been clogged with plastic bags and everything else imaginable.
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