Wolf Liebeschuetz, "Rubbish Disposal in Greek and Roman Cities," East and West in Late Antiquity:
Invasion, Settlement, Ethnogenesis and
Conflicts of Religion
(Leiden: Brill, 2015), pp. 3-18 (at 9):
But to some extent, as E. Rodríguez-Almeida has explained,11 the ancient
city was "self-cleaning". Dogs, pigs and other animals kept in the houses or running wild no doubt consumed what was edible. Whatever waste material could
be reused in some way or other was reused. Scavengers and rag-and-bone
men (Latin scrutarii) of various kinds no doubt picked up whatever was useful
and could be sold, leaving only what was absolutely useless and disgusting.
11 Raventos and Remola, 2000, 123–127.
The reference is to Sordes Urbis
, edd. X.D. Raventos and J.-A. Remola (Rome:
Breitschneider, 2000 = Monografías de la Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología en Roma