ach year in the U.S., 230 million tons of trash are picked up by
over 179,000 garbage trucks, each truck traveling an average of 25,000 miles. Powered by diesel fuel and usually more than 10 years old, these trucks average less than 3 miles per gallon. Ruthy and Alex decided to get in on the trash hauling business in the town of Northampton, Massachusetts, where there are no municipal trash pickups; the service is privatized. Except they didn't have a diesel truck, a car or even a license to drive. They had a bike with a trailer that worked well for transporting their own trash and recycling, and so the Pedal People cooperative was born.
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