All those milk bottles . . .I know! My friend Stacy asked about their fate, landfill or recycled? I'm happy to report Luxembourg has a thorough recycling program. It varies slightly from commune to commune. This is how ours works:
Blue bags: All plastic bottles, cartons, aluminum and steel cans go in here. Blue bags are picked up 2 times a month.
Neighborhood Recycling Station: We drop off our paper, cardboard and glass here. Some bottles can be returned to the grocery store. I'm not sure which ones or what you get in return. This station also has a bin for expired batteries. So cool! In Seattle, I collected them in a Tupperware container, but was never really sure where to drop them off. See that orange container? It is for unwanted clothes.
In addition to this, there are a few large recycling centers in town where household items, paints, toxic materials, Styrofoam, construction debris . . . even the kitchen sink can be dropped off.
We also have a yard waste bin that is collected during the spring, summer and into the fall. In Seattle we were able to put our produce scraps into the yard waste bin. I'm not sure if that is the case here.