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Firle, is your ceiling really tall, because there are cupboards up above the microwave and I was already thinking I would need a step stool to use the microwave. How tall is the refrigerator?

I am glad that you did not forget the refrigerator!

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Yes a lot!

Wow all these pictures are interesting because I can compare and contrast from my own house emoticon Your fridge reminds me of mine.

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Susa: Yes, the ceiling is tall. I need that footstool to reach the top of the cupboards.

The fridge is not as tall. Let's see... it's [sign in to see URL], which is ... [sign in to see URL]. I'm taller, at 5ft. I can just reach into that microwave without using the stool.

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So my refrigerator is one foot taller.

I am also 5 ft and therefore could reach the microwave. emoticon

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Love your [sign in to see URL] but very organized! And how great that you won the stove and cooktop combo, that's awesome!

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OMG! That has got to be the coolest stove ever! And the story makes it all the better... emoticon

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Well, I wanted to show you my bed, but that takes real work ... so I'm going to detour and talk about garbage today.

Germany obsesses about garbage. Ahem.

Actually, we obsess about recycling. Paper has been recycled for decades, and glass also. By now, we have a paper recycling system included in the garbage service, while glass is still collected in special stations.

In addition, we also recycle plastics and metals which also go in to a separate bin picked up by garbage people.

And most recently (well, for about 10 years now), there has been another bin for organic waste that's being composted locally. The compost is actually sold as potting soil.

Which means that every household collects
- paper
- glass
- plastics (basically packaging)
- compost
- everything else.

And it means there are color-coded bins for every kind of waste, except for glass (because we have bins for them on supermarket parking lots, e.g.)

Here's a picture of a front yard with its collection of bins. I took that pic today on my walk home.

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From left to right:
Yellow: Packaging, plastic, metals
Blue: Paper
Black: normal garbage
Brown: Compost

Sometimes, when the bins don't have to be transported through houses, they come on wheels.

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And here is a pic straight down from my balcony into the yard. You can see that the garbage people are not good at sorting the bins in our yard...

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(Now I hope that didn't give you vertigo. emoticon )

And here are two glass containers, one for white (translucent) glass, and one for colored glass (green, blue or brown). They are actually just on the other side of the street from my house.

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There is also a collection container for used clothing (must be clean and in a bag) for the Red Cross. Forgot to take a pic of that, but it's also not technically garbage...

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I think that is wonderful!! I wish every place on Earth would recycle like that! emoticon
In Minnesota we had extra recycling bins for paper, plastic and glass.
[sign in to see URL]! We can recycle if we drop them off at Walmart or in the Summer the actual garbage dump has recycle bins...


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May I get political Firle? apologies in advance,,

it is not Germany that is obsessive, it is the EU! it is very much the same here, and if you really want rubbish... hold on, I may have to come back with this next bit.

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o.k. if you want to delete this... I did hesitate whether I should put this here. smack my hand!

sorry sore point with me!

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We recycle paper, plastic and glass [sign in to see URL] paper in a box and the plastic and glass together in a barrel. I wish ours were on wheels, would make dragging them to the end of the driveway a lot easier!

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That is on fire, Nanny? Yuck!

Here, we can take cardboard and cans to different recycling centers. Taking cardboard to one of them is how I broke my foot. Now, I just drag it to the street with my bag of garbage and let the garbage truck deal with it. There is no other recycling here.

So where would used kitty litter go, Firle? I wonder about my soiled dog newspapers, too?

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It probably could go into compost. I haven't checked.

Or it would go into the general garbage which actually gets burned in an incinerator factory here. I think they create electricity from the waste.

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We have so far compost and paper separate. Unless you really want to haul glass to one of about three collection spots around town.

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Firle , I have read of a couple, I think, of the recycle plants here, that burn the rubbish to create electricity...

Now if only, IF ONLY, all our rubbish was deal with like this... I would have little of which to complain

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Firle, I am loving this thread.

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Me, too!

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Finally getting around to doing more. I managed to corner a mailwoman the other day.

So I want to talk a little about mail today. We have the big, central German mail system called "Deutsche Post". That was privatized quite some years back, and I'm not entirely sure that was a good decision. Anyway, that's where we are.

There are a few, very small competitors, and I'll try to get pics of their stuff soon.

So the first big difference are our mailboxes. They are not big. We can't put letters in them to be collected, either. We have to post letters in special letter boxes. (Will take a pic of that on Monday, there's one at work.)

So here is the row of our mail boxes inside the house. I apologize for the dark picture, it didn't come out well.

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And you'll probably be surprised to see how the mail gets delivered. At least in town, most mailpeople use a special bicycle. Some have a pushcart. And of course, in the countryside, they do have cars.

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Packages are different and handled in a completely different system. Those people use huge delivery vans, even in town.

We only have very few post offices left. Instead, there are little shops-in-shops where you can get stamps or hand over packages. Fortunately, one of those is in the supermarket just around the corner that I frequent anyway.

And I can already see I need to take many more pictures!

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Very interesting, Firle! Especially the bicycle. You probably know that there are people in the USA who want the mail privatized. I am not sure that is better, either.

Now back to that bike! I love it! I think that mail carriers who deliver mail in town, walk, here. That bike would be wonderful!

Where I live, we also have a community of mailboxes, but I live in a park and so all of the boxes are in a little covered area in the center of the park. My box is smaller than yours. It is small enough that sometimes when a book gets delivered, I can't get it out of the box. There is a lip on the front part of our box but not in the back where she puts our mail in and that lip makes it so I can't get the book out sometimes. Then I have to call the post office to get the mail carrier get it out for me. There are 4 larger locked boxes where they can put things too big for our box and then they put the key to that bigger box in my mailbox so I can get the book. We have to mail things in a different box, too. It isn't like that with separate houses. Like you know, they can put what they want to mail in their boxes and put up a flag to have it picked up by the mail carrier.

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Bikes are pretty much same here.

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Yeah I agree, a great thread emoticon

I am kinda learning German in school, well I know a few things like the word panzer. I need to learn more, 'tis fun emoticon
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I finally got around to taking pictures of letter boxes...

Now this one is old and battered. It's the smallest kind and very much the one you'd find almost everywhere when I was a kid.

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This one is the sleek modern kind. It's right where I work, next to the door I walk in every morning. In fact, I met a co-worker there when I took the picture and chatted with him about picture copyright and such ... this is the smoker's corner, too.

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And I caught this one on the way home. As you can easily see, it's a DHL delivery van - the driver is out delivering packages.

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I'm sure you're familiar with this kind of van. I see them everywhere and all the time.

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our post boxes are red, I think that is traditional

I love the bright yellow that you have.

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our color is orange

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Wow! These are really different from what we have here! They look so, um, modern! LOL

Thank you Firle!

I need to take a picture of the one here in the park, so you can see the difference.

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Ours are [sign in to see URL], of course, for the individual ones at houses, which can be pretty much any color you want.

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Firle, that is totally fascinating.... emoticon
Our public mail boxes that are on a few select corners are [sign in to see URL] Sue's.
Each house has their own individual [sign in to see URL] for apartments and such. OR, as in my parents case, they live out rather rural, so they have chosen to have a private mail box IN the Post Office with a private key they use to open it. As things can get stolen from their Rural mailbox....

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Well, we do have individual mail boxes, mine is inside the house (if you scroll back you can see the row of mail boxes in our house). But we can't post letters from our mailboxes, so we have to use the public ones.

Our Deutsche Post Logo is that post horn you can see on the side of the public mailboxes.

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I put a picture of my mailboxes in my photo thread. Other than here in the park our boxes to mail letters are also blue.

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Susa, sharing that logo is cool! I just noticed that the old mail box has an older version of it, with arrows below the post horn.

There is another mail service in Kiel, organized by some local businesses, and they use blue as their color. The bikes have blue bags, and their mail boxes are also blue. Not many of them around, but I'll take a pic as soon as I get to one of those places.

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