'The incineration of refuse is beautiful' : Torquay and the introduction of municipal refuse destructors
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In the last decade of the nineteenth century, the English seaside and health resort of Torquay abandoned its old practice of municipal waste tipping and invested in a destructor, or incinerator. Technical, legal and financial considerations lay behind this decision. The ensuing protests against the operation of the destructor highlight the tensions between nascent technocrats and the affected residents. At a time when pollution was most often displaced or dispersed, topography conspired against the residents of Torquay, and challenged the accepted spatial and social relationships of waste.
Clark , J F M 2007 , ' 'The incineration of refuse is beautiful' : Torquay and the introduction of municipal refuse destructors ' Urban History , vol 34 , no. 2 , pp. 255-277 . DOI: 10.1017/S0963926807004634
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