IN DEUTSCHLAND, FOR A FAMILY OF SEVEN GARBAGE DAY IS AN EVENT. It comes only once every two weeks, and garbage must be meticulously sorted and placed on the curb in a certain fashion. It’s not like Iowa, you can’t just plop your refuse on the curb every week. Every other Wednesday night we spend 30 minutes or so carting the trash out of the basement storage room (where it waits for garbage day) and laying the garbage on the curb in preparation for the morning collection. Unfortunately, two weeks ago they moved the garbage day ahead by one day and we missed the memo, so tonight we set out a whole months worth. In the interest of morbid curiosity, here is what that looks like:
So from left to right, here is what we just set out.
- 13 bags of recycleables (yellow)
- 16 bags of paper
- 1 120L can of waste (mostly food, ew)
- 1 extra blue bag of waste for when the can gets full
- 1 big white bag of smelly goo in an unauthorized bag I found in the basement (should have opened and sorted but chickened out, stuffed it into the garbage can)
- 2 bags of diapers, to be placed only on top of the garbage can
- 3 bags of empty
By comparison, our neighbors set out one garbage can and 2 yellow bags. Win.