Talking rubbish —Helsinki

Would you be more likely to throw rubbish in a bin if it told you a joke as a thank you? The city of Helsinki hopes so. This summer, eight talking dustbins dotted around the city will entertain citizens and tourists, make them laugh, talk politics and teach Finnish in seven languages. Helsinki spends €2m every year on picking up rubbish -a sum that could buy 2,000 city bikes or 500 trees. When the talking bins were first tried out last summer, they were a big success -people said they made them more aware of the litter problem. Monocle.