When a corrupt Chicago bureaucracy endangered the health of slum dwellers by refusing to pick up their garbage, the legendary social worker and reformer Jane Addams promptly assumed the responsibility herself. Some time later, Addams was invited to submit an entry for publication in the annual Who's Who. She did so, listing among her chief accomplishments: "Garbage Collecting."
[In 2004, the city of Berlin installed talking garbage cans in such high-traffic areas as Potsdamer Platz. (A sports version shouts "Goal, goaal, goooaal!") Ironically, the talking receptacles speak French, Japanese and English, but not German.]