Two towns in Savoie have collected Christmas trees this week using a horse carriage, or in a horse-drawn carriage.
The municipalities of Chambéry and Aix-les-Bains have been harvesting trees for several years, in order to reduce their carbon footprint and raise awareness among residents of the climate crisis.
Over the past week, horses have pulled a trailer through the two towns, picking up trees – without decoration – left for them at collection points specified by residents and taking them to be composted.
Thus, cities create a natural cycle, from the moment when the inhabitants go to the surrounding countryside to choose their tree until the moment when the trees are picked up by the horses and returned to the earth.
“It’s a bit noisy but it’s the noise of horses’ hooves so it’s quite pleasant,” says Patrick Gautier of Trialp, the organization in charge of collections.
“It’s also non-polluting, so it’s quite pleasant to see. It makes consumers aware of what’s going on in garbage collection and it also provides a bit of entertainment that I think everyone enjoys.
Aix-les-Bains’ two Freiberger horses – Casse-cou and Capitole – are a staple in the city, as they are employed to collect garbage throughout the year.
Three times a week, they tow their trailer across town to pick up boxes thrown away by traders.
Both horses are used to urban environments and are trained to remain calm even in the middle of traffic.
“I think this is a good example of what can be done in terms of eco-responsibility,” Deputy Mayor Marie-Pierre Montoro-Sadoux told Franceinfo.
The Chambériens have yet another opportunity to see their tree picked up by the horse-drawn carriage, which will once again crisscross the city on Saturday January 15 between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
You can find out more about the collection points on the Chambéry agglomeration website.
Collections in Viviers-du-Lac are also taking place today (January 11).
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