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Picking up the Garbage Thai Style

The first thing you’ll notice, if you’re up at that ungodly hour, is that Thai garbage trucks usually have more trash on them than in them! You’ll see garbage bags piled on top of the truck and tied off to the back and sides. As they pick up the trash they also go through it and separate out the recyclables. Glass in one bag…plastic in another etc.

From the times I’ve witnessed the trash pickup I don’t think I’ve seen them throw more than a small amount into the trash hopper, most is sorted into other bags. Now, I’m not sure if this is a company practice or if it’s the garbage mans own initiative. I’ve seen other people get to the trash before the garbage men to claim the recyclables for themselves and from what I’ve heard they can make a few hundred baht a day doing this. I would suspect it’s a trash companies initiative to sort out the trash because from my observations it takes quite a while for the garbage truck to move down a block and I would think the company would be pissed at the pick up taking so long if they weren’t in on it.

You can be sure the garbage men get something out of it though….decorations for their truck!

You may be asking yourself what the hell is the fascination with garbage trucks and just why I’m up at that ungodly hour noticing these things anyway? Well, when you’re sitting at your favorite bar at 6am or you have to walk back to Sukhumvit soi 4 in Bangkok very early in the morning to meet your ride because you didn’t have a hotel room and a kind Woman took you in for the night…well, you just notice these kinda things.

You’ll even notice those damned tourists have to have their pictures taken with the garbage trucks!

Authors note: Any resemblance of above pictured author tourist and this blogs author is mere coincidence…everyone has a twin somewhere and mine just happens to like to have his picture taken with garbage trucks! If it were me I would have a good reason though…it’s soi 8….it’s 7am…and I was drunk…

Edit: 5 points to the first person that spots the panda bear…points can be redeemed on Friday’s between 4:01 am and 4:02 am for really cheap prizes!

Edit #2: Watch the google ads on this post…the best one so far ” Inspirational Thailand Tours” …see other people like garbage too :)

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Comment by travelphilippinesNo Gravatar
2008-05-25 21:46:50

oh i see it under the truck near that orange thingy light. hehe

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Comment by TalenNo Gravatar
2008-05-28 17:26:38

You are the winner. As soon as I find that garbage truck I’ll grab the Panda for you :)

Comment by travelphilippinesNo Gravatar
2008-05-29 15:13:55

hehehe no thanks….

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Comment by JojoNo Gravatar
2008-06-02 22:17:42

This post made me smile. Thank you for the drop in my blog.

If I were in Thailand, I would take a picture with the garbage truck too. It is pretty cool. :)))

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Comment by QuaCheeNo Gravatar
2008-06-03 12:31:11

that is quite an interesting note. didnt realise till u pointed it out. wonder why they do that lol - maybe the worthier garbage are put up? :)

Comment by TalenNo Gravatar
2008-06-03 14:43:14

Technically it is the worthier garbage because it is recyclable…not that they are being green but because they will get paid for the recyclable materials.

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