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An Early History of Trash in Greenville

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An 1881 blurb in The New York Times claimed the people in Greenville, N.C. threw their watermelon rinds in the street for the pigs to eat. Even the Saturday Evening Post had noticed Greenville’s long struggle with how to dispose of its rubbish, refuse, and trash. In olden days, everything was recycled or reused, from the food and flour sacks to the rags, glass, and tin cans. Dumping became a problem, as well as the odor and congregation of buzzards, cattle herding in the streets, and trash accumulation on the river where ferries landed and parishioners were baptized. It was not until 1926 that the Greenville Town Ordinance regulated garbage disposal, and in 1958 the City began turning the dump placed behind Greenwood Cemetery into a landfill. This dump was originally home to an 82 year old hermit, Henry Daniel Bennett.