There are things we call inventions. They are supposed to be marvellous, calling for expertise to operate them. But if you are going to include cotton earbuds among inventions, then you can as well evolve backwards into a primate.
True, those tiny sticks we use to remove wax from our ears are not one of the items Adam found in the Garden of Eden, but it doesn’t require nuclear instruction manual to use, does it?
So, why should something you can easily use prove too difficult to dispose of? No one wants to see how waxy your internal ear space is. The mere sight of the wax on cotton buds is enough to send many of us retching.
It’s true habits differ, but if your deeds is not appealing to those around you, consider it a bad habit already and try not to offend them. Some people, though, try their best to show that they live in an alien planet.
The village type want to show off; they throw used cotton swabs on their doorsteps just to show whoever passes-by that they also use cotton swabs, not matchsticks.
That is as bad as recycling condoms.
Just wrap those swabs using a paper or tissues and no one will be nauseated by the sight of your waxy contents. This is better than trashing.
Hygiene is priceless.