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Before moving out to the Missouri Ozarks, we lived just outside a large city on an acreage. This meant that we had the privilege of a trash service coming out and picking up our garbage once a week and our recycling every other week. We totally took advantage of this service, watching our garbage and recycling magically disappear week after week. Sure, we fed food scraps to the chickens and had a compost pile going. But the bulk of our waste was being carted away by a trash truck.
Then we moved to the beautiful Ozarks. We live in an area that there is no trash service out here in the country. Our trash no longer magically disappears. In fact, we realized just how much trash our family of five made! Holy moly! It’s very common to see people burning their trash in burn barrels around here, so we tried it once. It was effective, but it made Travis’s allergies flare up, he was stuffed up for days! Not very pleasant. So we decided to recycle as much as possible and try to get our trash output as low as possible.