A number of French towns have looked to the past for inspiration, replacing automobiles with horse-drawn wagons to collect the trash and recycling.

A number of towns in France have looked to the past for inspiration, replacing automobiles with horse-drawn wagons to collect the trash and recycling. The program has saved money, reduced pollution  — and due to the unusual sight of a horse-drawn anything, raised awareness and increased participation in the overall recycling effort.

The Guardian reports:

Long before recycling became a household word, a Paris prefect called Eugene Poubelle, introduced three separate containers for household waste – glass and pottery, oyster and mussel shells, and the rest – and had horse-drawn carts empty them. Six years later, his surname entered the Academy dictionary as the word for “dustbin”. Now, over a century later, a growing number of French towns are returning to horse-drawn kerbside waste collection, as a better way to recycle.

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