Urban wastebaskets today look like pop stars and talk like them, too. But whenever you need one, there isn’t one – why?
Where tourists cavort, trash piles up. Image: dpa
It’s a paradox: trash cans are everywhere and yet invisible. A young woman, for example, leaves a fast-food restaurant on Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, holding a paper cup with the rest of her drink. She takes another sip, then throws it into the orange trash can hanging from a lamppost in front of the restaurant. The movement seems unconscious, routine. She hardly notices the bucket. Nor does the pensioner who, a little later, sinks a handkerchief into it – he does it casually.