October 2017, platform 3, North station, Brussels. A practical joke ? A citizens initiative to diminish the amount of cigarette buds on the pavement and propose an extra disposal next to the existing bags installed on the platform ? This ashtray has been glued to the garbage tray. It was actually used a lot, I have seen people gather around, smoking (although not allowed on that spot) putting out their cigarettes to throw the buds in the ‘rest’ garbage bag.
January 2018, same platform, same bin. The ash tray has gone. All the logo’s of the different types of bags have been blackened by cigarette burns. A protest against the disappearance of the ash-tray ?