bread bins are installed to avoid wild deposits and feed farm animals

Four containers, installed at the beginning of July thanks to a citizens’ initiative, allow the inhabitants of Mulhouse to store their dry bread, thus avoiding illegal deposits. At the other end of the chain, a farmer from Sundgau uses this overflow to feed his animals.

320 per second, or ten billion per year. That’s how many baguettes are made in France every year. Bread, the quintessential symbol of the French way of life, sometimes ends up in our stomachs, sometimes… on the street.

In Mulhouse, to combat illegal dumping, a handful of residents who belong to the Manufactures participation board have planted a small seed in the head of the municipality: install bread bins to recycle the latter, allowing residents to throw away their surplus.

In total, they cost the city 6,480 euros, almost a pittance for the second most populous municipality in Alsace. You can find them at Place Aigle Cerf, Place Despitées, rue Schwilgue and rue Theo Fischer as shown on this map:

By throwing bread in the city, people want to feed the animals, but mainly it attracts pests such as rats

David Malas, at the beginning of the breadbasket project

“Throw dry bread in a public place, it’s not a mean gesture– says project participant David Malas. People want to feed animals in cities, but it mostly attracts pests like rats.”

These bread boxes, as they are already called, were installed on July 3 after three years of deliberation, complicated by the health care crisis. A month and a half later, they are already victims of their own success. The matter, to tell the truth, is even developing a little quickly.

“Containers are filled in just three days, trusts Mulhouseien. Just place the bread in the wheelie bin without any packaging and you’re good to go. Then two city officials take away the goods.”– he adds, happy, but aware that we will have to ask ourselves questions about outlets.

Only a farmer, crouched down Heimersdorf in Sundgau is now delivered in dry bread. “From our point of view as citizens, we initially had no idea that people would gather adhere so en masseadmits David Malas. From now on, the city should accompany us in the search for other potentially interested breeders.”

At the other end of the chain, Christian Schnebelen, a cameraman, is convinced of the authenticity of the project. “I could limit myself if I were feeding my chickens and rabbits, but I also include dry bread to make up the ration for the cows, in addition to hay, grass and corn silage, barley meal, molasses and mineral salts. “he explains, while the method has already proven itself in Brittany.

After cooking, starch, the main carbohydrate present in flour, no longer poses a danger to ruminants, who can consume it without harm to their joints. “This is digestible food for animals and their intestines. Each cow can eat up to 1.5 kilograms of dry bread per day. I have 70 cows, so I could consume 100 kilograms of it a day.”, adds Christian Schnebelen, also sensitive to the environmental aspect of the approach.

However, he insists on the importance of sorting. “You want dry bread that stays fresh, not bread that has gone moldy.” At the moment, the quality of food is not subject to preliminary control before arriving at the farm.

Another pitfall of bakeries: Some professionals, particularly bakers, have been caught trying to get rid of their unsold goods. “The service is intended for individuals only”– says David Malas, who appeals to Alsatian farmers interested in promoting a product that is a symbol of French culture.

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