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Dearth of public trash cans causes angst, survey finds


Although most people have developed the habit of sorting their garbage, a lack of public garbage cans causes inconvenience and sometimes prompts people to litter, according to a recent survey.

The survey was conducted by the Good Neighbor Foundation of 1,094 people around the nation.

The survey, released on Tuesday, showed that 65 percent of the respondents were satisfied with the overall tidiness of their neighborhood environment, compared with 25 percent who were not.

As many as 94 percent of respondents were in favor of the government's garbage separation policy. Seventy-two percent said the policy had not caused any trouble in their daily lives, and 88 percent said they sorted their garbage even when using public trash cans.

However, 50 percent of those questioned thought that disposing of garbage in public places was very inconvenient, and 62 percent said there were not enough public garbage cans.

Some respondents said that they sometimes left their garbage in the baskets of parked scooters or discarded it in the streets if there were no public trash cans in the vicinity.

Ninety-five percent of the respondents thought that garbage cans should come with clear signs indicating what kind of trash should be disposed in them.

Other features mentioned as desirable for garbage cans included large openings for convenient trash disposal, large size and a clean appearance, as well as convenient trash separation features.

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