June 9, 2009

Freight Bike

(In Yoyogikoen.)

Japan doesn't have a public recycling system where people can redeem aluminium cans or bottles for cash. But clearly, these cans are worth something. Hence, the sight of a man hauling garbage bags full of beer and soda cans around on his bike. His timing was off, and he ended up being scolded by the municipal garbage collection workers.

Incidentally, the boots and hat let me know that it's the same guy from yesterday's post. (The photos were taken on different days, though.)


Tornadoes28 said...

I wonder why he was collecting them since he can't redeem them?

Sachiko Shiota said...

I'm just guessing here, but maybe if you take the cans directly to a garbage disposal plant or somewhere, they pay you by the kilo.