Germany was probably one of the first countries to introduce rubbish separation and recycling so we have three bins available to us in our building. One for paper and carton, one for plastic packaging and one for general waste. I'm also lucky enough to live just across the road from some glass bottle banks, for those bottles that don't have a deposit to be claimed once you return them to the shop. Once I've separated out all the stuff for those bins I don't have much left to get rid of except for veg peels etc. Switching from disposables has certainly made shopping a lot easier, too. No need to remember to buy sponges or dishmops every couple of months, I just use my own knitted cloths. No need to remember to buy serviettes, I have cloth ones that I bought nearly fifteen years ago that are still going strong. No need to remember to buy kitchen roll, I have lots of rags and cloths to soak up any spill. No need to remember to buy toilet roll except once a year or so, I have an old towel cut up into squares that work so much better than paper. No need to remember to buy sanitary towels, I have my mooncup and washable pads. And no need to pay for any of those things anymore makes it all even better.
I don't think I'll ever get to the stage of producing zero waste but it's still a goal worth aiming for I think. Top of my list for the next place I move to, though, is enough outside space to have a small composter or wormery on the go. Until then, this post marks the end of the April A to Z challenge. It's been interesting but I'm not really sorry that it's over. I may take a few days rest from blogging now. Or I may be back tomorrow already, since it's a bank holiday here and all. Can't believe it's May already, time is really flying by. A sign that I'm getting older, apparently. I like to tell myself that that's balanced out by my getting more childish, though. You take what comfort you can get, I suppose. :-)