Here is The Secret Berliner Environmentalist
|PHOTO - Quinet|
Every morning, every afternoon, every evening of every day; secret environmentalists make their way along our streets. The bottles left on corners and footpaths after a wild night out, are gone the next day. The garbage left in bins behind supermarkets, never arrives at BSR (Berliner Stadtreinigung: the city's municipal waste disposal company). One could almost wonder: does it make Berlin cleaner?
They usually travel alone. You can tell them by their collection of practical shopping bags and rolling trolleys of luggage. When they move, they do so with a rhythmic clatter of their own. There is always one there. You can count on them when you leave your bottle in the U-Bahn.
It could be a wonderful idea.
By Stefanie Talaska
Translated by Neal James