BY LESLIE ELMAN
The Dempster Dumpster, introduced in the 1930s, revolutionized public sanitation by making it possible to collect and transport tons of refuse efficiently and with minimal manpower. Engineer and businessman George Roby Dempster, inventor of the Dempster Dumpster, went on to become mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee, in the 1950s. His namesake product became so ubiquitous that “dumpster” is now considered a generic term for any bin resembling that most functional and convenient trash receptacle.
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