In France, chickens given as gifts to reduce waste

“Municipalities are offering people chickens in order to reduce their household waste. The initiative started in rural communities and has now spread to cities. These gift chickens are a cost-effective investment for municipalities in the medium term, in addition to being good for sustainable development.

The idea is simple: organic waste makes up 40% of our residual household waste. To decrease waste levels in cities, it was suggested to distribute gallinaceous birds. These birds can gobble down up to 75 kilos of organic waste per year.

Since not everyone has a garden or a terrace, some municipalities have installed collective chicken coops in schools or retirement homes, for example.”

Translated from France Inter: https://www.franceinter.fr/emissions/l-esprit-d-initiative/l-esprit-d-initiative-04-decembre-2017