Germans are made fun of because of our recycling habits. The average household – depending where you live – separates trash into: organic, plastic, paper, glass, hazardous. In some communities all glass is collected on certain days but there are also these large containers where people have to separate their glass for recycling in different colours. Useful – yes. Noisy – yes (usually there are certain times where it is not allowed to throw glass in in order not to disturb residents). An eyesore – oh, yes!
And right next to it: old clothes and shoes collection containers.
And finally, a box of a different kind: on obsolete phone booth from an era not too long ago. — Actually, I just realised: quite long ago. Yellow for German phone booths went out in the 80ies, after that they were pink/grey in colour.