27 March 2011

You've got mail

Someone has been busy last night attaching small colorful letters to trees, bushes and benches by the lakes. It is hard to tell the full extent of this happy project as you are encouraged to take the letters with you.

You've got mail

A gentleman never stays seated on a full bus without offering a lady a seat on his lap.

There are girls..

There are girls who find mini skirts indecent. Others have beautiful legs. (hahaha, my favorite)

Look at the sad state of that bench. The city clearly underestimates how much Copenhageners and Sunday visitors use this slice of nature. Especially on weekends people bring their to go cups of coffee, and the scarce and tiny garbage cans just can't keep up with the good intentions.

Pity, because it's such an easy fix, and it would keep a lot of junk from blowing into the lakes.


  1. And as usual the garbage can has been lit om fire. you can tell from the missing paint.

  2. Is that what it is? Sigh, then. Still, we could do with a garbage disposal re-think, it's a mess.

  3. Ah don't they know the (metal or plastic) ecofriendly coffee cups that you keep with you clean at home and reuse? we need to produce less garbage, like not use paper cups. Some coffee house here make you pay less if you bring your own cup. ON the other end, why try to put something in a garbage can that is already full?
    I like the little letters...

  4. Oh and did I tell you that I will have the same light bulb problem when I go back to France?
    They forbid the old ones and I have not been able to make a stock of them. I'm screwed, hoping there is black market...

  5. Hi Carole, although we are big on the take out coffee here in Copenhagen, the concept of bringing your own cup is not practiced. I think it works better for people in cars, so you always have a place to keep your cup. Otherwise you would have to drag it around with you in your bag.

    Actually, now that I think about it, a deposit system could work. Even if you don't bother to bring the cup back, someone else will. This is why you don't see cans and return bottles lying around for very long here. The deposit is quite big. Ah, I think I need to make a post on that sometime soon!

    On the light bulbs, I can only say damn. Word is that Sweden still have the good bulbs, so I will have to check that out soon. Or be lucky enough to find a store that still have a supply of the old ones.

  6. Generally we need some more garbage bins outdoors. Especially the most popular places like the lakes and parks need a more effective garbage system. More garbage bins and a more frequent emptying of them and a deposit for coffee-to-go cups and pizza boxes might help.

  7. That deposit thing could be a really good fix. And definitely a more effective garbage solution! Either bigger ones, or more of them, or a supplementary system that can be hooked on, on busy days. I have noticed that other big cities don't have the same problem, so maybe we could learn from them?

  8. Hi Sandra!

    I think that Tivoli has a great idea with the deposit system on their cups there (even good for coffee... Hmmmm... Mama Moka... the most expensive latte that I have ever had! At least it was super good!).

    I love the letters! It would totally make my day!

  9. Hi Celena,
    I did not know that Tivoli had a system like that? This year I am going to make at least one thorough post on it, at least that is the big plan. The reason I have been reluctant to go is because I have such fond childhood memories from there, and I am afraid they modernized it too much (LED lights? I hope it ain't so). But the deposit system sounds fantastic, I can't wait to check it out.

  10. This happens in summertime at the beach where I live.It does make me wonder. The can is obviously full, so why throw your crap on the ground? Why not look for the next empty bin or just take it home.It seems a bit of a cop out to blame the council rather than make an effort to avoid the mess in the first place. Or am I just a cranky old coote? (australian expression for grumpy old man!)


  11. ....and of course I should have written the person who left the rubbish there in the first place.Not 'you'!

  12. Hi Ian, it is a mix of both, I think. If you have a cup of coffee while you walk around the lake, you could be taking the cup with you all the way around it, because there is practically no place to put it.

    Remember the benches they put up on the bridge? Every day it is packed with people, especially around sunset, they sit on the ground and on the edge and on the benches, and some drink soft drinks and beer, or eat something. But there is not even one garbage can. That's just neglectful, in my view. It is the city's job to facilitate keeping the city clean.

    The job of the people is of course to take responsibility for their own mess, I completely agree. But they have a right to expect at least one option to do the right thing during a 30 min. walk.

    Don't get me wrong, I am up to here with pizza boxes and to go cups, but it angers me more when I see people just dump it at random in nature and parks and in the lakes. And on the beach. So bad!

  13. I totally agree that we need more garbage bins, pretty much everywhere in the city, but would it kill people to squeeze their paper cup flat after use? Little things like that can reduce the garbage by at least 50 percent. My mom would freak if she saw me throw out a cup or a container of any kind without flattening it first, but that's just how i was raised.

  14. Flora Amalie, you are so right! All they had to do was step on it, or at the very least stack them to minimize this mess. I was also brought up to flatten milk cartons and the likes before trashing it. Just today I saw a nasty woman littering on the street, I had to (!) sneer at her, and she just looked at me with a dumb expression, grrr it took me all of half an hour to get back to normal.

    Ian is on to something too about people taking responsibility for their own trash. Embarrassing really that grown ups can't handle basic stuff like that, and I dread the example they will set for their kids.

  15. Yup, Ian has a point.
    In Tokyo, for example, there are no trashcans. None. (Ok, there are a few at stations and convenience stores, but none compared to the size and populations).
    But people don't use that as an excuse to throw their shit on the street.
    No, you put your own trash in your bag and wait until you find a bin, and if you don't find one, you take it home.
    Simple as that.

  16. Way to go by the Japanese!

    I feel like such a weird person for at times walking around with a bag with flimsy plastic covers from straws and bread bags from bird feedings and what not. But it beats being a pig and expecting others to clean up my mess.

    It really is simple, I agree.


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