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Titan trash can to be placed near a Coca-Cola vending machine in Oita to help promote recycling

By Dale Roll, SoraNews24

If you’ve lived in Japan, you probably know that the country has very strict rules on how its trash is separated. While many other countries just have blanket recycling boxes–and some don’t even care if you put recycling in with the regular trash–in Japan, you have to not only separate your trash into recyclable, burnable, and non-burnable trash, but you have to separate your recycling by glass, plastic, and cans, too.

These trash rules are also maintained outside the home, at businesses, malls, stations and even vending machines. In fact, Japanese vending machines often have recycling bins right next to them for customers’ convenience.

Unfortunately, it seems that too many people are using vending machine recycling bins as general trash cans, especially in Oita City in southwestern Japan. That’s why Coca-Cola teamed up with environmental protection organization Change for the Blue and hit anime "Attack on Titan" to place a Titan-shaped trash can next to one of their vending machines.

The trash can is designed to look like the Female Titan screaming with its mouth wide open, waiting to receive your garbage. It’ll be placed alongside the recycling bins next to a vending machine near Oita Station, in the hopes that the eye-catching design will help people realize they shouldn’t be throwing their non-recyclable trash in the recycling bins.

The goal is to increase public awareness about recycling. While it’s in place, all of the bins will be analyzed to see if the new can makes a difference in the way trash is disposed of around the vending machine. The results of the analysis will be used to further improve public awareness campaigns about mixing trash, and of course, the ultimate goal is to help preserve the local environment.

The Titan trash can is already out and will be hanging around outside the North Exit of Oita Station, next to the Coca-Cola vending machine in front of the Orix Rent-a-car shop until November 22. If you’re an Attack on Titan Fan, go and enjoy it, but don’t forget to reduce, reuse, and recycle, too.

Source: PR Times

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I find it annoying when there is a machine and no place to put the can or bottle after you drink it.

But even more annoying is when someone puts a cup and a plastic cover with the straw in the garbage openings and they block the holes.

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Japanese people do recycle their plastic bottles and cans. So much so that the vending machine recycling bins are often full. A campaign to crush stuff before putting it in the correct bin may be more use. Or bigger bins. They are a bit small.

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I like the hair on it. Is it made from recycled materials?

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Bottles that can be reused like in the 'olden days'. Many saki shops will take the large bottles back and give you a few yen. Not to be laughed at

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'Screaming Female Titan'. Whenever I see a screaming or shrieking idiot at a podium, I just get up and walk out. I don't have the patience for these loudmouths anymore.

So 'she' wants garbage, huh? Can I put my dirty socks in her 'yapper'? ; )

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If people are throwing garbage in the recycling bins, it stands to reason that they don't feel there are enough trash cans out there...

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