Saturday, February 12, 2011
On Design--Recycling in McDonald's
This is where you throw away trash and put your tray at a McDonald's in Japan. I have never seen a trash bin like this in the US, and I'd love to know--why not?!
Paper trash on the left,...
...plastic on the right.
There's even a drain (see it? above the plastic side in the top photo?) to dump out left-over drinks before throwing out your cup (paper), lid (plastic), and straw (plastic). This became automatic for me almost immediately--and it drives me absolutely bonkers when I go home not to be able to recycle stuff in McDonald's...
The no-smoking sticker on the door of the trash bin reminds me of a story...
A very dear Somebody, who shall remain nameless, was eating in a McDonald's during a first or second trip to Japan. Small McDonald's with seating on different floors of an urban building often designate one of the floors smoking, and another non-smoking. Somebody happened to be sitting on a smoking floor, so there were ashtrays on the tables and a stack of extra ashtrays on top of the garbage bin just behind the drink drain. There was also a special drain/bin to dump ashtrays in. It was labeled with a helpful diagram showing an ashtray with cigarette butts in it being put into the hole for such waste. Only Somebody thought it was a drawing of French Fries...and, mystified, began obediently stuffing French Fries down the hole. At that point another customer walked up to throw away his trash and empty his ashtray. In that instant, Somebody realized that the diagram was of cigarettes going down the hole, not Fries...and locked eyes briefly with the customer behind her, French Fry held aloft, ready to be shoved down what she now knew to be the cigarette disposal hole.
"Gomen nasai!!" What else can you do but say "I'm sorry!" and make an attempt to rectify the situation by throwing away the rest of your trash, carefully sorting it out, and leaving as quickly as possible!
Posted by yokohamamama at 11:31 PM