Riding a bike through the autumnal fog between Ottobrunn and Unterhaching, you notice quite a few things. After all, we live in times of change.

For instance, the queue of cars gets longer and longer. And the waste on the grass strip between the street and the cyclist’s path also changes its nature.

Recently, I notice more glass splinters on the roads. It seems that the deposit for the beer bottles is not high enough. To make up for it, more and more PET bottles lie around near the shoulder of the streets. There is no deposit on those. Mostly, they have been imported from EU and non-EU countries. Many of them come from Turkey.

The number of cigarette packets also grows. Well, I used to believe people smoke less now. And here is something new I see on the roads: plastic cups à la Coffee2Go. It makes sense to me: after all, I meet more and more people walking all over the place and holding this kind of thing. And more and more shops sell this nonsense.

But I find it particularly conspicuous that more and more leftovers from the fast-food containers displaying the “golden rainbows” lie around everywhere. There are, however, more peculiarities to talk about. For instance, more and more medicine containers littering the roads. I have no idea why.

The beverage cans that had disappeared after the deposit on cans had been introduced start reappearing. I presume there is no deposit to pay on these – it seems that, like with PET bottles, the import from abroad is finally working quite well.

A dramatic increase of hard liquor bottles, however, is particularly striking. Vodka seems to be the prevailing choice.

But, mind you, this is all just what a lone biker notices on his daily way from Ottobrunn to Unterhaching. I am sure you can come up with many theories about why…

(Translated by EG)

1 Kommentar zu “From Ottobrunn to Unterhaching #16 “Even the Waste is Different Now””

  1. Chris Wood (Thursday October 28th, 2010)

    My bike has a flat tyre, I guess due to a glass splinter, so I am glad Roland raises this topic. Why not have a deposit on every bottle? Larger deposits would help, and could give unemployed an extra source of income, (collecting them). I suppose criminals would set up illicit factories making small bottles, to collect the deposits!
    I sometimes collect bits of rubbish near my home. It is annoying that cigarette packets are made of cardboard and plastic foil, which hampers optimal disposal. Perhaps the foil should be banned.

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