Romanian authorities do not just throw away used banknotes because they transform them in garbage bins, AFP informs quoting an official of the central bank. The central bank processes about 4.5 million banknotes of which 1.2% are deteriorated and need to be withdrawn from circulation.

These banknotes are shredded and sent to a local recycling compani to transform them in garbage cans. Romania is the only European country to replace paper banknotes with polymer banknotes in 2000.

Before the Revolution, used banknotes were melted and transformed into toilet paper.