Monday, June 20, 2011

Sunday morning garbage in Amsterdam

A bit of a negative post today. Sorry to be a downer:

Amsterdam is such a beautiful city. I simply don't understand why they can't come up with a better way to deal with their trash.

On Sunday morning Colleen and I headed over to Dirk, our local supermarket, to take our recycling in. When we got there, we discovered a great pile of garbage strewn around the bins.

This is a result of the standard Amsterdam proces of garbage collection, whereby people just put plastic bags out on the street, for it to be collected periodically. Clearly, this process doesn't work very well.

I understand that just putting the garbage out on the street in plastic bags is a standard way to deal with it in many major cities around the world. It just seems so unhygenic and nasty. What about bins? What about garbage cans?

This is a picture perfect place. I don't really get why this garbage situation can't be easily solved.

1 comment:

de_vogon said...

It has been pretty much solved in Groningen. Been here for 8,5 years now and with the in-ground garbage bins (you need a pass to use them) they actually fine you if you leave garbage laying about. And, yes, they actually do fine you. Perhaps it's because Groningen is much smaller.