Is 不要在厨房里留下任何废物 the correct way of saying "do not leave any waste in the kitchen"?

Background: I'm living in an apartment building in Taipei and there is a common kitchen on the first floor that I often use. Unfortunately, the other folks from the building who use the kitchen sometimes leave the trash in the kitchen after they're done instead of taking it out. I am thinking of sticking a small note on the refrigerator just to let them know not to leave waste in the kitchen. So my question is: Is 不要在厨房里留下任何废物 the correct way of saying "do not leave any waste in the kitchen"? Because that's what I got from google translate.

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    – hinen
    Dec 5, 2018 at 9:54
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    In spoken Chinese,废物 sounds more like describing someone as a loser, or useless piece of sh*t Dec 5, 2018 at 18:50
  • I would prefer 废弃物 instead of 废物. Other words are fine. If the words are written on a sign / notice, use 请勿 instead of 不要 would be more formal.
    – tsh
    Dec 7, 2018 at 6:48

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It is an acceptable translation of "do not leave any waste in the kitchen", you can use it just fine.

However, if you want to be a little more formal, you can write "please don't leave garbage in the kitchen" (請勿在厨房留下垃圾)

you don't need '裡' in '在廚房裡' ; '在' alone in '在厨房' already covered the meaning of 'in'

you can remove '任何' in '任何垃圾' ; just like 'dog' in 'no dog allowed' already meant 'all / any dog'

Shorter note get the point across better. Just like '不准泊車' is better than '各位先生女士,在任何時間內都千萬不要在這個地點停泊任何車輛,包括摩托車及電動輪椅' (you can google translate this sentence) -- No one would read it.

  • Yes, when you use Google translate, you can choose Traditional Chinese or Simplified Chinese as the result language.
    – Tang Ho
    Dec 5, 2018 at 9:20

I would say 垃圾 instead of 废物。 废物 sounds like "loser" sometimes....

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