What kind of garbage are you? These countries are experiencing soul torture

 What kind of garbage are you? These countries are experiencing soul torture

Topics such as Shanghai people after garbage sorting and shortage of garbage processor installers are still hot on the microblog hot list. The nervous mood of Shanghai citizens can be transmitted to all parts of the country across the screen of mobile phones and computers.

At the same time, many foreign media are keen to catch this phenomenon, the British Television Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) published an article saying, Shanghai, Chinas new garbage regulations make the citycrazy.

Screenshots of the BBC website

Quartz, a US new media website, reported that Shanghai residents are changing their minds after the implementation of the new rubbish classification regulations.

How to divide the garbage? Many countries start with dolls.

Representatives: Japan, Germany, Sweden, etc.

In order to classify garbage from its source, many countries have decided to start with dolls. From kindergarten onwards, German children began to receive garbage classification education. In addition to theoretical knowledge, this education also includes visiting garbage dumps and experiencing garbage sorting and recycling.

In Sweden, the government first introduced the concept of garbage sorting into schools, and children learned how to go home and teach adults.

In Japan, because the rules of garbage classification are very cumbersome and there are slight differences in different regions, children have set up small classes of garbage classification by their parents since they are sensible. Every year, guides for garbage classification are issued in different regions, which specify how to classify, when to put garbage and matters needing attention.

Data map: Japanese garbage sorting bin

Today is Wednesday? Excuse me, throw away the combustible garbage. Youll come again on Friday.

Representative countries: Japan, Australia, etc.

Think you can throw away garbage by sorting it? Sorry, in some countries, if you dont want to live in a garbage dump, you may have to throw the day.

In Japan, a timetable is required for the disposal of specific garbage. For example, the disposal time of resource garbage is Wednesday; the disposal time of combustible garbage is Tuesday and Friday; the disposal time of non-combustible garbage is Thursday; the large garbage needs to be reserved by telephone alone.

Australia also practices a similar concept, collecting garbage once a week in most parts of the country, the day before residents need to put sorted trash cans in designated locations in advance.

What if you dont throw it right? The garbage collector will leave the misclassified garbage on site and refuse to take it away; what if it is thrown late? We can only wait for the next specific recycling day.

Source: Waste Disposal Plant in Sakans City, Missouri, USA

Throw specific garbage? You also have to pour money

Representing countries: USA, Japan, Korea, etc.

Generally speaking, when dealing with large garbage such as refrigerators and TV sets, people in China will generally find a garbage collector to sell them at a discount or put them directly in the recycling bin.

In Korea, food waste has to be counted and thrown away. It is reported that in some parts of the country, food garbage is charged according to the amount of money, so food garbage can only be thrown away. To a certain extent, it forces residents to reduce the production of food waste.

DATA FIGURE: On April 3, 2019, a new environmental recycling company in Bilton, Switzerland, collected a mountain of plastic waste.

Redesign garbage containers to cure some peoples lazy cancer

In order to let people take the initiative to classify garbage, some countries are also painstaking.

The Swedish government has redesigned garbage containers to make littering more difficult. For example, the opening of containers for bottles and cans is designed as small holes, and the opening of containers for cardboard and cardboard boxes is designed as envelopes. In this way, the phenomenon of littering is greatly reduced.

What are the consequences of throwing the wrong garbage?

Fine, imprisonment, abandonment by neighbours

Of course, in order to implement the concept of garbage classification, countries around the world are also merciless in disciplinary measures. Globally, the common consequences of littering fall into three categories:

In Germany, a sitting-down system is imposed for littering fines. The local environmental police will issue warning letters when residents are found littering. If residents do not correct in time, they will receive a ticket; if they do it again, the cost of garbage disposal in the whole community will increase, thus increasing the burden of the whole community residents.

Source: Recyclable trash can in London, UK.


In many countries, it is not only a fine that is not good to classify garbage.

In the United States, serious offenders may be sentenced to imprisonment, for example, in Idaho for 10 days, but in Tennessee for up to six years.

In Japan, if garbage throwing is considered unlawful abandonment after repeated education, it may also face a penalty of less than five years in some areas.

[Abandoned by Neighbors

In addition to fines and imprisonment, the most intuitive consequence may be to be disliked by neighbours.

In Germany, because of the company system, if a person throws rubbish, it will not only attract the condemnation of the neighbors, but also may be driven out of the apartment by the administrator.

In Japan, because garbage classification is deeply rooted in peoples hearts, if someone fails to classify garbage, they will be considered not to have received good education, thus being abandoned by neighbors and unable to live a normal life. (end)

Source: Responsible Editor of CNN: Han Yukun_NBJ11142