Vermont's New, Carbon-Free Trash Service Has Some Serious Horse Power

May 22, 2015 By Christi Mulligan
A new garbage pick-up service in Vermont has taken the 300-horsepower truck down to two. That is, they have literally started using two horses. Trash collection in the small town of Middlebury, Vermont has stepped back into the past a few years and has what residents call an "old-fashioned" way of collecting trash now. Some residents like the environmentally friendly service, compared to a fuel-guzzling truck, while others enjoy the sound of hooves tapping the road (compared to the sounds of a truck), but, regardless, people are happy.

Customers pay just $5 a bag for pickup, which is comparable in price to the truck services. The only draw backs were the concerns of the Addison County Solid Waste Management District. They were concerned about the horses being in the transfer station, around all the trucks and noise. But the District Manager, Teri Kuczynski, says, "having observed the horses, they seem to do a great job. They're very calm. It is pleasant to hear the clip-clopping on the road as they approach the transfer station gate."
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