In almost every large community there are plants for the disposal of garbage and offal; they represent a feature of the conservation processes which economic conditions have made necessary. The work includes the recovery of grease and the manufacture of tankage, a product at first used solely as a fertilizer but now beginning to enter into the feed of the domestic animals. The processes are not infrequently attended with the production of odors and sometimes of dust of a disagreeable nature, leading to complaints and raising questions of public hygiene and comfort. Where waste-disposal engineers are not available, the expert advice of physicians is drawn on. Testimony is sought as to the alleged nocuous or innocuous character of the subject of complaint; but, owing to the meager character of the information on this topic possessed by most of us, the outcome of the testimony is often quite contradictory.
OBJECTIONABLE FEATURES OF GARBAGE DISPOSAL. JAMA. 1915;LXV(14):1186–1187. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580140036016
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