Bring Out Your Trash
If you happen to hear a synthesised, monophonic rendition of either Für Elise, or Bądarzewska’s ‘A Maiden’s Prayer’ echoing through the streets of Taiwan, crowds of residents heeding the call, bearing bin-bags full of rubbish are sure to follow at street-level, awaiting the garbage trucks that are responsible for broadcasting the sweet symphonies.
In a system that’s garnered international praise, garbage is collected multiple times per day, from fleets of trucks, each collecting a different category of waste. In the photo I took above, the vehicle’s signage indicates that this particular truck is for compostable refuse, but the idea is that in a country where space to keep it is limited, and the climate accelerates it’s decomposition; you don’t really want it hanging around, so the system operates on an “it doesn’t touch the floor” philosophy to prevent the cities from becoming junk strewn waste havens.
As an aside, at the end of the day when I was looking through my photos and found this one, I was a little annoyed by the woman in the yellow shirt unwittingly spoiling the composition – then I read the slogan emblazoned on it, and decided it actually made this image all the better – ‘trashy’ indeed!