Throughout the world, people solve similar problems with different approaches. Here are some European answers.
All my life, I've paid the city for a sanitation worker to pick up my garbage. In Switzerland, the garbage bag costs more…and includes pick-up. When it's full, put it out on any curb. The next morning, it's gone.
An Italian law requires drivers to wear a seatbelt. Your car makes annoying noises if you don't buckle up. So the Italians, in their own creative way, have designed a handy little plug to quiet their car. Problema finito.
While we have stop signs in the middle of nowhere, the British have roundabouts. You don't stop. You wing into that roundabout and take off at the exit of your choice.
In the Netherlands they have four-story parking garages for bicycles. The Dutch take the train in, hop on their bike, and pedal to work. It's not necessarily out of dedication to the environment. Biking simply works well.
Junk mail exasperates us. Others don't like junk mail, either. Many Europeans have a simple solution. They put a decal on the mailbox that says simply "no" or "yes" to junk mail.
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You are reading "Photo Essay: European Solutions", an entry posted on 04 August 2009 by Rick Steves.