I live within walking distance (and I have many times) visited our county recycling center. They collect most things but not scrap wood. I took a broken pallet and it was rejected, so had to burn it. I done burns about 10 since at the house, found more broken up pallet material today so burned it today along with twigs, dry leaves, scrap lumber. I also have picked up trash going to the place to recycle it or trash it.
I usually try to go once a week to town for groceries.
For the most part, the downside of rural living for someone who spent most of their life in the city is having to change your expectations. Shopping and services are further away, so you either plan your trips better or you drive a lot more, impulsive trips/purchases are tougher, which to me is a good thing since most of my impulse buys are junk food. If you are new to an area, making friendships can be tougher unless you have various activities you can do that gets you around your new community. You might also need to do more yourself versus hiring others, at least until you've made those new friendships.
Fortunately although I live in a rural area we have access to high speed internet (DSL). I used to live in a place that only had dial up or satellite as options... and dial up was faster.
I cannot say that I truly miss anything, but maybe that is because I grew up out in the sticks.
It would be nice to have access to groups of like minded people locally (martial arts instructors, meet up groups of various stripes, etc. ), but I'll get there eventually even if I have to start them myself. Seems to be enough local demand just no one with the means/drive to get one started.
We have clean well water, no neighbors that you can see from the house, and relative peace and quiet. We also know most of the people that live out here at least somewhat and tend to help each other out. Eventually we should produce our own food, our own energy, and our own gasoline... cutting our bills down to just taxes and any wanted services.
The only real thing that is lacking is paid work... but I've done software engineering and web development for three decades now so it isn't hard to pick up odd online work when needed. Most jobs around here pay minimum wage with no benefits as there are more people needing work then there are people wanting work done.
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