“Gomi” is a cute Japanese name for garbage. Garbage is a complicated thing in Japan. Everything has to be rinsed, sorted, tied, or bagged in transparent plastic bags. You take something out each of the five week days. Each day is a different group, since they sort into several categories for recycling—burnable (kitchen scraps/yard scraps), plastics, newspapers, etc. etc. We receive a “garbage” calendar, which helps to remember what to take out each day. It is all in Japanese/kanji, but luckily we have an English translation paper for the categories. Each evening before going to bed we get the gomi ready to take out the next morning. We try to stay on top of it so we don’t have garbage build up. There are gomi drop-off points on every block. They have a green net to cover the gomi so the crows don’t get to it. It is all very neat and organized.
The garbage trucks are neat, clean, and kind of cute.
This is the neighborhood drop point, every couple of blocks.
This is an extra big pile before the New Year's break.