Ok… before I mention this pet peeve, I want to make a disclaimer or two.
I do not see the following pet peeve as a Taiwanese population/cultural problem. I think it is more a Taipei city government problem. Though, it may be an island wide phenomenon. If that is the case, then it is still more a government problem then a cultural one (IMHO). I say this, so I won’t get flamed as closed-minded or some such nonesense (which is what usually happens when someone renews the pet peeve or “what I don’t like about Taiwan” type of threads.
This may have appeared in one of the other pet peeve/what I don’t like about Taiwan" threads… but, I ain’t gonna read through all of them. Sorry, Wolf.
So… here goes.
I went to Tian Mu today to meet a friend. Since I got there a bit early, I ambled on over to the Ten Ren store to buy some bubble milk tea (gotta love that stuff). I walked up Zhong Shan Bei Lu, Section 7 for, enjoying the squishiness of my drink. When I was done, I looked around for a place to dispose of my plastic cup.
Do you think I could find even one public trashcan? NOOOOO!!! For a good portion of section 7, there was nary a can in sight. I was tempted to just chuck it in the basket of someone’s bike, as other people had obviously done. But, I abstained and made my way back down Zhong Shan, as it was close to the time to meet my friend.
Now, on section 6, I did find some trashcans… 8 to be exact, all set in front of the Taipei American School and the Taipei Japanese (?) School. I guess the city government thinks the teenagers at these two schools will generate a lot of trash and, therefore, have need of 8 trashcans. But, they don’t seem to think that the rest of the population of Taipei needs any?
Why does this city have such an appalling lack of public trashcans? I hate having to walk blocks just to throw out my trash. It drives me crazy… :fume: :help:
Ok… I feel better now, thanks for your attention.