There seems to be alot of concern in the UK about cutting down on rubbish collection. So that’s another reason to be grateful we live in France.
Although we live in a village there are two collections every week; one for recycled and one for ‘normal’ rubbish. Transparent bags for the former are provided by the Mairie but you have to buy your own black bags. “Green Waste” is disposed of in a huge skip and glass is taken to the bottle banks (three of them around the village).
There is only one ‘downside to this excellent service: we have to pay according to the number of people in the household, but it helps me feel less guilty when we put out five dustbin bags on a Thursday night ready to be collected early on Friday.
Now, what about the times when you want to get rid of a fridge or something big? Well that is taken care of very easily. In the past there were two ‘Monster Collections’ a year when you were allowed two cubic metres of stuff per household provided nothing was too heavy to be lifted by two men.
Now, however, you have to telephone Emmaus or Bell ‘Occas, two charities which undertake to collect just about anything. They then clean and repair it for resale, if appropriate, or dispose of it by proper means. All profits go to the homeless or handicapped.
I have given various things to Emmaus in the past but my neighbour persuaded me to try Bell’Occas this week because they work with the home for the handicapped where her daughter is looked after.
CC and I have been sorting out the Summer kitchen. We repainted it and decided to throw out the old fridge, gas cooker (which we never use) and microwave. We also sorted through the linen cupboard and filled three dustbin bags with sheets and towels which were surplus to requirements.
Bell’Occas came today and two hefty fellows carried the stuff through the house to their van.
Now we can get on with Spring cleaning the conservatory and deciding how to rearrange the Summer kitchen.