Before we moved to Germany, we knew that recycling was important, but we were not prepared for just how much we had to learn once we arrived!
In February of 2021, we packed up our American family of six, with four kids ages 11 and under, and moved halfway across the world to Germany to follow our dream of living in Europe again! When we were first married, we lived for two years in France and fell in love with the European way of life. Moving to Germany has been a whirlwind, especially with four kids in tow, but we’re already growing stronger and better from the experiences we are having. It has NOT been easy, but that’s how it usually is in life when you go after your dreams!
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Here’s How We Dispose of Our Stuff
Before we moved to Germany, we knew that recycling was important, but we were not prepared for just how much we had to learn once we arrived! It feels like we had to take a college course to learn how to do it properly! In this video, you’ll see how Kevin has to separate our trash into 20 different categories each time he goes to the Wertstoffhof (recycling center and dump), which is about every two to three weeks. It must also be noted that we are more than happy to recycle well and reduce our waste in general, as being environmentally friendly is also important to us. So, bring it on, Germany!
When we arrived in Germany in February of 2021, we furnished our house mostly from IKEA, so we had cardboard coming out of our ears! You’ll see footage of just how crazy it got and how we eventually (two months later, once we got a car) were able to take care of it.
One thing we’d like to emphasize is the process of recycling is not the same all over the country. We are only sharing our own personal experiences.
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