Few items can seem as harmless as a trash can. However, its beginnings were not easy. What does a directory, a sandwich and a trash can have in common? These everyday objects have simply kept the name of their inventor. At the end of the 19th century, the prefect of the Seine, Eugène Poubelle, tired of the extreme filth of the streets of Paris, took an order on March 7, 1884 that would make noise. It requires all property owners to make common containers available to their tenants, with a cover and sufficient capacity to contain household waste. The envisaged capacity is large: from 40 to 120 liters! To this first revolution, the prefect added a second: that of the first selective sorting in history. Parisians snap Indeed, three types of containers are compulsory: a first is intended to collect putrescible matter, another is reserved for papers and rags, while a last is devoted to glass, earthenware and oyster shells! A trade sees the new invention with a very bad eye: the ragpickers, who fear that the cursed container will simply kill their livelihood. Parisians, previously used to the famous "everything on the street" system, find it difficult to discipline themselves and are reluctant to use the new boxes that they will soon call "trash", a bit out of revenge. Finally, the prefect Monsieur Propre wins the case. Little by little, the garbage cans are spreading in France but will not be completely generalized until the Second World War. Table, garden or bathroom, the trash is now inseparable from our daily lives. It is infinitely declined. The Vipp pedal bin, invented in 1939 by a Danish stamper for his patron wife of a hairdressing salon, has been regularly updated and is adorned with superb colors (in Purple Cut version, with a capacity of 18 liters, € 265 on www.achetezfacile.com). Green people can get selective sorting bins in two or three buckets (Zuny, all stainless steel, three times 20 liters, € 145 at www.ctendance.fr). If you do not like the coldness of stainless steel, you will prefer the selective sorting bin at € 75 on www.greenrepublic.fr. It is actually three completely recyclable polypropylene bags in chocolate (plastic), beige (paper) and ecru (glass) colors. Finally, the futuristic version of our good old "garbage box" is the infrared bin, available in several capacities (see for example the Naelia HSD Lacquered Range in stainless steel and black lacquered, which has suffered a Japanese influence, € 79.99 at www.mistergooddeal.com). For cleanliness freaks who want to avoid contact, it opens thanks to a cell that reacts just when the hand passes over it.