Friday 5th January 2007by benandbethany
Since we know you were wondering, we made a video to show you how garbage is taken care of here in Fengyuan. When you hear the musical truck coming, it’s time to grab your trash and head out to the street! The first truck is for general garbage and the second is for recycling. We actually had bags for trash and recycling today but Ben got flustered knowing he was on camera and ditched them all the trash truck. I hope that’s not a punishable offense here, especially now that I’ve exposed him online! The garbage comes every day at 4 p.m. except Sunday and Wednesday, when it doesn’t come at all. We still don’t know how people who work away from home during the day get rid of their garbage. There aren’t any dumpsters that we’re aware of, but we never see our fellow building-mates out during trash time either.
You’ll find a picture of Taiwan’s recycling symbol above. It was taken off a jar of peanut butter, which Ben is very grateful that they sell here. Ben says he likes Taiwan’s symbol better because the arrows going in (colored) and out (whitespace) are more representative of recycling than the US’s “pot stirring” symbol. I love how pro-recycling this place is! You can’t find a garbage can without a recycling bin sitting right next to it. Many stores will charge you for a plastic bag as an incentive to bring your own bags from home. I think this is brilliant!
One last thing and I’ll finally close this subject: I wonder if Taiwanese who move to the US are grossed out when they see salivating children running towards our musical neighborhood-touring trucks?