Dustbins are named after French recycling innovator

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The word dustbin – poubelle – comes from the man who invented them in France, Eugène Poubelle.

He was the Préfet of the Seine from 1883 to 1896 and responsible for much of the day-to-day running of Paris.

Collecting and getting rid of refuse was a problem and often people simply left it on the streets.  

On November 24 1883, he decreed that owners of buildings had to provide not just ...

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