Thoughts on Recycling…

A couple of weeks ago here in Petritoli the system of collecting the rubbish changed. When we arrived here there was no door-to -door rubbish collection but there were large bins located in several areas in the town and also on roadsides, I like that idea. There were usually four bins at each site, 1. General rubbish. 2. Glass. 3 Plastic and 4. Paper/card. There was no bin for organic waste and nothing for tin.

The reason I particularly liked the system was because back in the UK the bins were collected every 2 weeks and I would often forget to put them out. The stinky black bag would be stuck outside for another two weeks whereas here, I could take my rubbish and recycling to the bins everyday if I wished and not have them hanging around at all.

Well, they (whoever they are) decided we should have a door-to-door collection in Petritoli. They’ve given us a calendar so that we can see which day what is collected…and they’ve given us lots of literature so that we [the public] can understand exactly what we put in which bin…or can we? The scheme has been running since the 1st October 2014 and I wouldn’t say it was complete failure but neither would I suggest a magnificent success.


The Calendar for example; it’s clear that Monday is the day for Organic waste to be on the step, only they don’t really mean Monday they mean you have to put it out on Sunday evening for it to be collected between 10pm Sunday night and 6 am Monday morning. So, I’ve got that now, only made the mistake the first time. Second time it was there, outside my door to be collected during the correct hours but…they didn’t collect it because they don’t really mean door to door they mean somewhere in a prominent place in a main thoroughfare. So I’ve got that now…third time lucky.

Paper and plastic are collected in the same way, during the night, so the day stated on the calendar means put it out the day before. They do not collect glass or tin but they have put, in various areas of the town, big yellow bins specifically for these two items but…not everyone seems to have understood that so now other rogue items are finding their way into the yellow bins!


The recycling public area (the tip) is now open every Wednesday pm and Saturday morning, this is where you take anything that you’ve forgotten to put out and also other items that cannot be categorised and placed in designated colour coded plastic bags, brown paper bags or bins. Things like, let me see, oh yes, batteries, small and large electronic items, fridges, microwaves etc.,

The biggest eye opener to me is how much plastic we use as a society. I cannot believe it. I realised that the use was widespread but when I began to collect every single piece of plastic; wrapping, cartons, trays, bottles, bags, pizza containers and take-away containers…it is HORRIFIC! Why do we not use more glass? When I was a child we had glass milk bottles, glass fizzy drinks bottles, glass everything and you could take it back to the shop and get a few pence deposit returned. Why can’t we do this now? Why does all our food have to be wrapped in cling film? Also, pieces of cheese, ham or vegetables are place on a piece of polystyrene and then covered with cling film. Other food is vacuum packed in plastic. In all electronic stores, items are sealed in hard plastic which is often impossible to remove. I’m sure you all know exactly what I mean. We are living in a pre-packed plastic world.

I embrace the idea of recycling but it can only work if everyone gets involved.
I would like to know what happens after we have recycled because a little bird told me that often, it’s sold on and then…wait for it…then… it gets sold on again and possibly ends up in India and is placed in a big landfill, all materials back together again! I seriously hope this isn’t true but the cynical side of me thinks there is a strong possibility that this happens.

Walking…is good for you and for the dog but the cat will give it a miss thank you very much…

shadow of my former self
All this walking…will I ever be a shadow of my former self?

As you may know I tried to keep fit by using the gym for a few weeks but sadly (and you told me so) I didn’t keep it up. I found the, getting in the car, driving to the gym, working out etc., all a bit too much. It also made my elbows and knees really ache and I felt 103 instead of 36 (I know the numbers might be the wrong way round!!) We live in such a beautiful area and on the whole the weather is clement so the ideal exercise is to walk. The Man prefers a bike and he has got me into cycling, just a little bit, but I don’t like the hills, more about bike riding next post.

We invited Mickey to join us but he preferred to stay at home.
We invited Mickey to join us but he preferred to stay at home.

I try to do a good walk at least three times a week and this morning I set off for Montevidon Combate and back which is about 7k in total. I know this because I use an App on my phone which gives me all the  information. walkingwell Jpeg trots along just in front of me stopping every now and then for well…you know…the things dogs do when they go for a walk…but her meandering on the verges makes us a bit slow – so the App tells me. Of course I stride out as much as possible in between intermittent pauses. When we get to Montevidon we take a break and if the café is open I have a cappuccino con orzo, (its made from barley but don’t ask me how)  I’m not too keen on coffee. I actually took a croissant this morning too, in sympathy with another blogger Here’s to Appetite who would definitely encourage the taking of food during breaks. capcornetto

Jpeg behaving well
What an incredibly well-behaved dog!

It’s a lovely walk and this morning was no exception. Above my head the sky was blue and in the distance it was just a little hazy over the mountains. I tried to be more observant of my surroundings as I walked, appreciate the views and just…enjoy.

Blue Skies
Blue Skies
Ikebana – The Flower Shop

The route out of town takes me past the flower shop and the Venetian house which is being renovated, it’s close to the theatre. Then I pass the Petritoli cemetery, which is on the outskirts, a tradition that dates back to the Roman times, I believe. They always took the dead outside the city walls to bury them. venetianbuilding and theatre

Petritoli Cemetery
Petritoli Cemetery
Mountain Views
Mountain Views

The walk out, is all uphill but only a slight gradient – total elevation 80m – according the App. The higher I get the further I can see. Although not crystal clear this morning the Sibillini to the west, or is it the north? They seem to move as I walk…Conero and the sea to the east…yeah I’m pretty sure that’s right.

meeting the combine and tractor

I saw a combine harvester that was off to cut sunflowers, I met some horses, I could see the sea in the distance. Along the way I glimpsed lizards darting for cover, birds in the hedgerows and on the wing.  All very back to nature….

myfriends the horses
Horses enjoying the morning sun

The best thing of all?  As people drove past several of them tooted their motor horns, waved and shouted, ‘Buongiono!’ or ‘Ciao Ninette!’ or even ‘Ciao Jpeg!’ How lucky to be walking on a warm October morning, stunning views and with so many people making me feel safe and at home.


Love you Le Marche… only thing is, miss my family and wish they could visit more often. Not too often mind!

Here's looking at you...Jpeg is still not great at the selfies but better...
Here’s looking at you…Jpeg is still not great at the selfies but getting better…
Petritoli - my home town.
Petritoli – my home town.