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Feature: Sounds of the underground

Being woken at dawn to the sound of the bin men making their weekly round is, in this country, a common occurrence. As is the sight of homeowners who, having forgotten to put the bins out the night before, stumble down their driveways still in their dressing gowns so not to miss the collection. In many parts of mainland Europe, however, such indignities are becoming a thing of the past as networks of underground waste collection systems become more prevalent.