We all know it’s not cool to litter. If our hands are burdened with the weighty responsibility of an unwanted and snot-spent tissue, or an empty aluminum can that once held some Dr. Skipper, or even a gentle gum wrapper, the worst thing — the worst possible thing — would be to throw it on the ground.
Yes, throwing garbage on the ground is literally littering. But beyond that? Well… that’s where things get a little dicey.
Trashcan? The only limit is your trashmagination!
I first noticed the “litterplugs” (if I may) phenomenon in Japan, ten years ago. This is the photo that started it all, a slightly bowing construction wall by Shinjuku station that immediately became a garbage can:
Since then, it was everywhere. Now, I can understand how generalized holes — containers, street light bases, flower pots — become makeshift trashcans. Even if they’re obviously in no way trashcans, and likely will never be emptied or cleaned by any human being on earth, and in most cases there’s a real trashcan mere feet away, they at least share a vague similarity to the raw concept of a trashcan.
But the best litterplugs take it to a new level.
They raise not-literring littering to an art.
Wedge your peach chunks garbage into a brick wall? Sure!
Make PBR stand for “Perfect Bark Receptacle”? Yes, yes!
Pop your can in a drywall hole briefly opened up by construction workers?
Look around desperately until you spot an exterior outlet? Go go go!
Somehow calculate the exact horizontal space required for your juice box? Woo!
Put your wrapper in the hole left by the missing handle… in a garbage can? Award winning!
Remember: you’re not littering if it ain’t touchin’ the ground!
Litterplugs, I salute you and your particularly weird blend of doing the right thing.
If you find any particularly inventive litterplugs, tweet me!