That was then, Before Japan. Now, our lives revolve around THE SCHEDULE and THE RULES. Trash day is no l day a week, it is everyday. And trash no longer is just casually tossed in the main garbage can, it must first be separated into categories and each type of trash thrown away on its specific day.
Before moving, I was made aware of The Schedule and The Rules, but I didn't know the full extent of the madness until we arrived.
This is a picture of the garbage schedule for the year: color coded, and labeled. Why do we need this much detail in a garbage schedule? Just wait and see...
Trash must be separated into Burnable, non-burnable, plastic, recycling, cardboard, mixed paper and garden waste.
Plastics go out Mondays.
Burnables go out tuesdays and Fridays.
Recycling goes out Wednesdays.
Thursdays alternate between Mixed paper, garden waste, and non-burnables.
Cardboard gets taken to a collection site about a 2 minute walk away.
*Garbage collection is scheduled to occur each morning at 8:30, but will only every happen at 8:30 once in a blue moon, and only after you've gotten used to taking the trash down at 9. Usually on a burnable (smelly) trash day.
*You can not take trash out the night before. If you do, the crows will get to it and spread your garbage everywhere.
*You may not take your trash out the night before, even if your apartment building and a crow proof garbage cage. Why? Because it's the rule.
*If you forget to take down your garbage on the correct day you get to store it in your apartment until the next opportunity. Even if it's the 2nd week in a row you missed plastics-Monday. That's why you have a balcony, and a storage closet outside.
*If you neglect to separate your trash (and someone finds out) your bag will be left in the garbage cage with a red tag. You must then carry your trash back up to your apartment to resort and store it until the next opportunity. (Luckily, we've been spared the garbage walk of shame for the past 7 months.)