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Report - Sileby Incinerator, Leicester - May 2013

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Yorrick, May 23, 2013.

  1. Yorrick

    Yorrick 28DL Regular User
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    Opened about 1971. Closed about 1981 and amazing that after 31 years it's still so complete. Really enjoyed the explore and the brief history lesson, gleaned from a half-hour with a nice old gent sitting on a bench in the village.

    Back then the “dust-bin-men” would come up your drive, into your garage and carry your “dustbin” down to a lorry and tip it up, by hand, into the back of a “dustcart”. They’d then put your “dustbin” back where they found it.

    No, honestly, that’s what they did!

    After that, the rubbish came here…..

    Lorries would reverse up here into the building and tip their load onto the floor.

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    Oversized items (such as mattresses, furniture etc) would be picked out and put to one side to go to landfill.

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    The rest was pushed over the edge and went up the 2 conveyors.

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    Before being tipped into the top of the “Drum Trumel screen”

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    Essentially a drum with small holes, the “fines”, variously described as hardcore or organic waste, would fall through the holes for separate treatment, while the larger waste matter carried on up.

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    The ejection from the trammel fell onto the “picking conveyor” where paper (and maybe other things?) would be removed by hand.

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    The conveyor line then went through the magnetic separator, where ferrous items were removed.

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    From there it went to a hopper that dropped the waste into one of the eight furnaces.

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    The flue from each set of 4 furnaces ran to 1 of 2 doors that opened out to the chimney.

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    Not sure about this but it seems that the ash from the furnaces was diverted back inside and collected.

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    Yorrick 28DL Regular User
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    I saw the use by dates. Used for recycling maybe? Did you notice they were all magnetic?

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