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Subject: History Facts
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 20:32:59 EST

" In 1757, Ben Franklin introduced Americas first citywide street cleaning
service in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, an idea that eventually made its way to
New York and other cities. At about the same time, urban Americans started
digging pits for their garbage, rather than simply tossing it in the street,
alleys and roads(as they do today). Privy pits, if they were dug deep enough,
could do double duty as Dumpsters. Larger pieces of junk, like the hulls of
boats, could be used to build up the earth near rivers and streams to keep the
water at bay."

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