Horse pollution

A horse will on average produce between 15 and 35 pounds of manure per day. Consequently, the streets of nineteenth-century cities were covered by horse manure. This in turn attracted huge numbers of flies, and the dried and ground-up manure was blown everywhere. In New York in 1900, the population of 100,000 horses produced 2.5 million pounds of horse manure per day, which all had to be swept up and disposed of.

— Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace, “Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898″


April 28, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I always thought we should pump all the shit to the desert, compost it, use the methane for power and the compost for fertilizer, instead of pumping it into the ocean.

    I guess it’s not economically viable, otherwise, somebody would be doing it.

    Comment by reddog | April 28, 2010 | Reply

  2. Get a patent…you may become a millionaire.

    Comment by cutshoot | April 28, 2010 | Reply

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