At this toilet at Chiingis Khaan airport (ULN) in Ulaanbaatar, which had a bin for toilet paper, there was a sign appearing to say that it's ok to either use the toilet, or the rubbish bin, for disposing of toilet paper. There's text in Mongolian, but not English. The concept of someone voluntarily choosing to use a bin seems surprising, though I understand people doing so to avoid damaging the plumbing in several countries. Did I interpret the sign correctly?

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    Disposing of used toilet paper in a bin next to the WC is standard in many countries, e.g. China, as plumbing is not able to cope with the paper. Why would this seem surprising? Many humans would find it surprising to dispose of the paper into the WC.
    – mts
    Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 8:37
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    It's common in Greece too.
    – JoErNanO
    Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 8:42
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    countries where you can put paper in the toilet are sadly the exception rather than the norm I'd go as far to say Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 8:56
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    @hippietrail But whether plumbing that can handle it is typically installed presumably is primarily a function of local culture.
    – reirab
    Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 14:20
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    @hippietrail Ah, well, I guess we're using different definitions of culture, then. I would include most or all of those things in culture.
    – reirab
    Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 15:11

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No; this sign means you have to use bin for disposing of toilet paper. I used Google translator to translate the text on signs:

  • 2nd sign means "Don't forget to flush".
  • 3rd sign means "Use trash bin for toilet paper and napkins".

It's strange that an international airport does not double text on signs in English.

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