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In one of the parochial districts of London, St. Pancras, the problem of disposing of municipal refuse at the lowest cost is being solved. And more than that, this refuse is made of practical value in connection with the parochial electric-lighting works. The city refuse, or "dust," to use the English word, is consumed in specially constructed furnaces, and the heat thus generated used to produce power to run the electric plant.
These new buildings cover an area of two acres and a half, facing King's Road, and the most noticeable feature of the plant is the huge chimney that rises to a height of 231 feet, and that cost over $15,000 to erect. The total cost of the plant has been $500,000.
The "dust" is collected throughout the district by carts and carried to a rear entrance, weighed and tipped into enormous tanks on each side of the main
A LONDON "REFUSE DESTRUCTOR" PLANT ON A LARGE SCALE.. JAMA. 1895;XXV(1):35–36. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430270051008