Before automobiles horse drawn buggies were used for trash collection and it looks like we’re going back to that classic solution. Garbage trucks have a hard time negotiating smaller streets and a benefit of the horses is less exhaust in the city.
For Jean Baptiste, mayor of medieval Peyrestortes, near Perpignan and one of 60 towns now using horses to collect waste, the benefit above all is practical. “You can’t turn a waste collection vehicle around here. We used to block streets to traffic and keep waste in open skips.” He sold off a dustbin lorry and acquired two Breton carthorses instead. Asked whether the changes are saving money, he says: “It’s too early. But money isn’t the only reason. The exhaust smells have gone, the noise has gone, and instead we have the clip-clop of horses’ hooves.”
In Saint Prix, however, in Greater Paris, Mayor Jean-Pierre Enjalbert is certain he is saving money as the novelty of the horses has increased recycling rates. “By using the horse for garden waste collection, we have raised awareness. People are composting more. Incineration used to cost us â‚¬107 a tonne, ridiculous for burning wet matter, now we only pay â‚¬37 to collect and compost the waste.”
Read the full article at the Guardian.
Living and not producing any waste is pretty impressive. A family in the UK set out to demonstrate that they can easily live life and only make a trashcan’s worth of rubbish in a year. Guess what? They did it.
â€œOur vision is for a zero waste UK; a country where we rethink our rubbish and start to view it as a resource rather than a waste product,â€ the Strausses write on their website, MyZeroWaste. â€œOur belief is that a zero waste Britain is possible if more energy, money and care is put into education, innovative product design and recycling facilities.â€
OK, so thatâ€™s the why. But what about the how? How does a three-person household cuts its trash footprint so dramatically while still keeping up a typical British living standard?
The Strausses go into great detail on their website. Step one, obviously: Reduce, for which they recommend everything from buying in bulk to simply removing the kitchen bin (â€œThe out of sight out of mind approach â€¦ â€œ). Step two: Reuse (turning used coffee grounds into snail and slug repellant, taking their own food containers to the butcherâ€™s shop, wrapping gifts with junk mail). Step three: Recycle (even sending their empty crisp packets to a Philippine charity that turns them into wallets, bags and purses).
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A couple in New Zealand successfully completed a rubbish free year (Google cache). I’m a little late on this since they finished in February, but it’s always inspirational to read that people can live trash free.
We celebrated the end of Rubbish Free Year with a 100% rubbish free event at our house on February the 1st. No rubbish was created during preparations apart from one piece of gladwrap (I thought the cheese monger at the local farmers market sold their rounds with out plastic around them but unfortunatly they donâ€™t). At the party there was a rubbish â€˜incidentâ€™ when someone attempted to bring a packet of chips. Apart from that though we hosted well over 100 people without a drop of rubbish.