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high skip price in france leads to horse drawn cart innovation

06 Nov 2010

You might not believe it, but horse-drawn carts are helping many French towns with rubbish collection duties.

Officials in locations such as Perpignan have compared the typical skip price with the cost of hiring equines.

What did they find out?

Naturally, it was determined that waste collection should be carried out by horses.

Jean Baptiste, the mayor of Peyrestortes, told the Guardian that the town’s medieval street layout made it difficult to bring out vehicles and skips.

Roads would often be blocked off, much to the chagrin of irate neigh-bours.

Mr Baptiste extolled the virtues of the approach, explaining: “The exhaust smells have gone, the noise has gone, and instead we have the clip-clop of horses’ hooves.”

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