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Talking Trash

Rochel Burstyn

Pesach cleaning is in full swing! Isn’t it funny how the cleaner a room is, the more garbage bags you fill? Soon there’s a big pile ready for the garbage pickup. What happens to them next will depend on your location. Let’s visit some countries around the world and check out their unique garbage removal practices.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Back in Time

Not that long ago, homemakers were still throwing their trash out their windows and into the streets, which attracted rats and other animals. As a result, diseases and contamination were common.

Eventually, people realized they needed a system for getting rid of their garbage. They tried burying the garbage, burning it, or feeding it to animals. By the early 1920s, most developed countries had developed a system for safe, efficient garbage removal. Open-topped trucks were quickly replaced by covered trucks (no one could handle the smell). Over the years, garbage trucks added more features until they became the trucks we recognize today. 

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