What about the garbage collection. The men who remove our unwanted rubbish once a week. They are have to deal with the rubbish, the stuff we throw away and often it is not so pleasant.
Today it is all fully automated, at least in Switzerland. It is not like in the earlier days where we had a large metal bin in London and left it on the street. The dustmen (as we called them then) would lift the bins and empty them in the truck, all done be hand of course. Afterwards you were left with a street smelling of disinfecting powder which would be sprinkled into the bins. to keep it all under control. I nevere saw a rat sniffing around afterwards.
Today it is all done hygienically. The rubbish is packed in various sized plastic bags bought in the supermarket. They must have the official badge on them and are the most expensive plastic bags I have ever seen. This is because their price includes the extra fee to pay to the local authorities for their removal. Of course you cannot just throw everything in the plastic bag.
We have our separate collctions for garden refuse and also metal.
And there is the twice a year collection for the big stuff that does not fit into the bin, but please nothing metallic otherwise they leave it. If you are lucky various families might do a tour of the area on this day with a truck or even their car, to see if there is anything useful being thrown away. What some people find unwanted, might be just what you were looking for.
And of course the glass jars and bottles and metal cans also have their own place, but you have to bring these yourself. Every village has its special depot.
So where do the rubbish collecting men bring it all?
Even that is organised and in our part of the country we have the depot in a near village. They burn it all, unless it is something dangerous to the surroundings that might explode which is disposed of in special places.
Smoke pours from the chimneys day and night, but rest assured. This is Switzerland and we only have clean smoke. If you have something special and bulky to dispose of, you can bring it yourself. It is weighed as you enter and afterwards tipped into the pit of no return. As you leave you pay by weight. Even rubbish has its price.
Me? I no longer collect anything, just take photos of it all.
RDP Tuesday: Collection