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Litterplugs

posted by Sarah Pavis   Feb 11, 2013

I’m sure you’ve seen garbage shoved into a crevice before and haven’t given it a thought beyond “gross” but now that Cabel Sasser has given a name to the odd occurrence, it’ll be hard not to notice and remember.

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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. […]

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.

Cabel’s most interesting photos seem to be from Japan. I wonder if Japan has a broken windows problem with garbage. Or just fewer trash cans.

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