With global warming many suburban places in Japan have been plagued with bears coming out the mountains and foraging for food and garbage in residential areas (3Yen | 11/17/2010: Bears Haunting). →
Things have become so bad that these garbage bears were spotted loitering and lollygagging on the downtown streets of Tokyo!
The authorities are ill prepared to deal with the garbage bears, and they have ended up in Japanese police lineups because nothing else can be done with them.
However, now the garbage bears have been turned into “eco” recycling bears. According to the Rinkya Blog, these transparent teddies as, “a low density polethylene teddy bear shape, which you can fill with items that would otherwise be garbage:… bottle caps, newspaper, anything you want.”