Today I read about a Dunedin man stealing official Dunedin City Council rubbish bags and selling them on the black market. I remember these bags – they were very expensive and came in a pack of 5. You had to use the official bag or your trash wouldn’t be collected.
One of the things you need to learn when moving to a new city is the trash collection. My boss from the school told me what to do. There are recycling collection points around the city. Here is the one closest to my apartment:
Near the nets is a large pile of trash:
You simply leave your trash, in the official bag (see below) at the pile, presumably during the “discharge time” mentioned on the nets.
I asked my boss where you get the official rubbish bags from, and she said you can get them at the Hankook Mart, our local 24-hour supermarket where there is sometimes a guy yelling over the sound system in Korean. I assumed that you had to ask for them like you did in Dunedin.
So the next day (or possibly a day later), I’d stopped at the Hankook Mart for some energy drinks (and some chocolate milk to drink after the Korean throat remedy I’d gotten from the 7-Eleven) on the way to work and had asked for a bag. My boss pointed to the bag and said that I’d managed to find the official rubbish bag. I was stunned! Here I thought I had to ask for them, and it turns out that the standard shopping bag was the official rubbish bag! They cost ₩500 (65 NZ cents) which is a bargain compared to the Dunedin rubbish bags.
Here is a photo of another rubbish disposal site less than 50 metres away: