Canadians invented the garbage bag. Can we solve the mess they made?

Canadians used to wrap garbage in paper and steam clean metal cans. Three men found a solution for the 20th century — but now we need one for the 21st.

Within living memory, they've gone from domestic blessing to global burden

What was life like before the modern garbage bag? These mischievous little Canadians, rummaging around in 1946 Montreal, might know a thing or two. (Arless/Library and Archives Canada)

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Chris Chang-Yen Phillips

Chris Chang-Yen Phillips is the Historian Laureate for the City of Edmonton and News Coordinator at CJSR 88.5 FM. He also produces a monthly history podcast called Let's Find Out where he asks Edmontonians for questions about local history, and then they find out the answers together.

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