Garbage Handling

Private garbage handling in Japan is tied to precise garbage types, garbage bags, and collection days and times, giving a very formalized framework to the collection of the most private traces and evidence of our daily lives. This contrast becomes most visible when this framework is transgressed and the limits between private and public, the intimate and the extimate, are trespassed, for instance by not respecting the formal requirements of the rules of garbage collection or, at the opposite extreme, by stealing private records from garbage bags disposed of on the street or in the container of a condominium.