"On the pavements, stuffed into gleaming plastic bags, the remains of yesterday’s Leonia
await the rubbish collection truck. Rather than by what is produced, sold and purchased day after day, the opulence of Leonia is measured by the things that are thrown away on a daily basis so as to make room for new ones. […]
Of course, the rubbish collectors are welcomed like angels, and their task of removing the remains of yesterday’s existence commands silent respect, like a devotional rite, or perhaps simply because once thrown out, nobody cares to think about them any longer".
Italo Calvino, The Invisible Cities, 1972