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01 October 2008 @ 01:11 am
OMG trash  
So, remember how I explained about moeru gomi and moenai gomi? Well, it turns out those are just the tip of the iceberg.

A very nice man from the PTA came to our door about a month ago and gave us a helpful chart showing all the different categories of trash in Chiyoda. Now, since this is Japan, what he meant by this was, "UR DOIN' IT WRONG!" Chiyoda is apparently pretty relaxed about garbage pick up, so they took it anyway, but every bag we did incorrectly had to be sorted by garbagepeople after being picked up. Ugh!

So, courtesy of the Chiyoda PTA, I now explain how to sort trash in Chiyoda!

Old Papers: Includes envelopes (with plastic window removed, if applicable), books, newspapers, wrapping paper, paper bags, etc. They should be bundled up with string.
Pakku: Cardboard and cartons, like milk or juice cartons. They need to be cut up so they can lay flat.
Pura: Plastic--anything with the プラ symbol on it that doesn't fall into another category. Egg cartons, packaging, detergent bottles, plastic bags, etc. Needs to be washed off, if dirty.
PET Bottles: PET stands for Polyethylene terephthalate. Wash them out, remove the cap and label (both of which go in moeru gomi).
Cans: Aluminum cans, spray cans, etc. Wash them out.
bin: I have no idea why it's named that (in hiragana too--びん), but it includes glass bottles.
Moeru gomi: Things that burn--old clothing, napkins, video cassettes (it's on the chart), CDs, pencils, gloves, daipers, food, etc.
Moenai gomi: Stuff that doesn't burn and doesn't fit into another category. Toys, pots and pans, razors, and so on.
Glass: aka ガラス. Glass that's not bottles, like cookingware, wine glasses, etc. Broken glass should be wrapped in brown paper.
Some kanji I can't read ^^;;: Batteries, light bulbs, termometers, etc.
sodai gomi: "Large trash." Old furnature, futons, bicycles, etc.

And if you think this is confusing, other places have even more categories. And Chiyoda still takes our trash if we do it wrong. We got off lucky, comparatively speaking.
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