This is one of those little anecdotes that I want to remember about living in Germany...
Once every six months or so there's this thing called "Bulky Trash" where you can put any big items that you don't want, things that are broken, or crap you're too lazy to sell out on the curb and the Germans will come by, load it up, and take it to the dumpster or somewhere, I actually don't know.
I've seen things like old and used couches, chewed up chairs, dilapidated desks, wonky wardrobes, dingy doors, broken windows, musty mattresses, etc. Bulky Trash day is this coming Monday so people are already putting their stuff out, us included.
The funny/fascinating part is people drive from all over Europe to come pillage and plunder through everyone's discarded goods. We've seen license plates from Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, so on and so forth. It reminds me of the saying, "One man's trash is the next man's treasure." Literally, all day long today, I have seen huge vans and little cars towing big trailers (cuz there are no trucks in Europe!) drive around and around and around, just waiting to sort and sift through everyone's Bulky Trash.
What do these people do with everything they take? Use it for themselves? Fix it up and sell it? So interesting. And I wonder if this is a Germany-wide service or only around army bases? Because I've seen "Bulky Trash" in the city of Grafenwöhr itself a few months ago. Any Germans care to chime in on this phenomenon?