Thursday, March 27, 2008
How much can fit into a 40ft container?
Belgium is big on recycling which is admirable but first you need a degree in working out what goes where, in which bag (each one 2 Euros), collected on which day (you are given a very complicated colour coded calendar) and then the frequent humiliation of the big red sticker on your bag and it being left outside your front door so the neighbours know you got it wrong, yet again. After 3 years, I think I've cracked it but not on large items. These can only go to some EU strictly ruled secret depot which I've yet to find. Anyway, my Dad drove a transit van out from England and very kindly took all my rubbish back for me - not sure my carbon footprint would agree but I am desperately trying to de-clutter before we move. The children are my biggest threat - each time I carefully pack up a box of their stuff - it's found, unpacked and accompanied by tearful declarations of attachment. Coupled with this my list of 'must take' items is poles apart from my husband's. I have solar lights, eco bulbs and numerous light fittings for the house and shack. He has outside table tennis, a basketball stand and a 40" plasma TV on his.............we joined forces on awnings, presumably so he has some shade under which to play ping pong.
Anyway, the removal expert came yesterday did lots of note taking and then informed me that he would drop off some boxes (recyclable of course) to get rid of all my rubbish - I thought I had. He then did lots of head shaking at the unusual destination point (he'd never heard of Dominica of course) and said I should expect a large quote for my 40ft container.
So now I'm waiting for the large quote and making sure I make the most of the rapidly diminishing 40ft space.