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Dumpster Diving Detectives: Inspecting Swiss Town's Trash To Nab Eco-Cheats

Determined to make their new pay-as-you-go garbage system work, municipal authorities in Yverdon are hot on the trail of trash cheaters. But before they can issue fines, the Swiss town must identify the violators – which means rifling through the refuse

Welcome to Yverdon...What's in that dumpster? (GoogleStreetView)
Welcome to Yverdon...What's in that dumpster? (GoogleStreetView)
Mathieu Signorell

YVERDON - "There, a black bag. Quick!" Pascal Breux hurriedly presses the big red button next to him. Behind the wheel of his garbage truck, this municipal worker for the village of Yverdon in western Switzerland scans the back of his vehicle with a small camera. "We must only collect white bags, the ones that are taxed by the city," he says.

Two truck "servants' -- they don't like to be called "garbage men" -- then hop on the vehicle, and start fishing for bags that shouldn't be there. Their next mission will be to sort through the bags and hopefully discover the identity of the cheating polluters in this quaint spa town of 27,000.

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