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Introduction: Wastemen: Big Problems, Big Solutions (03:32)


Night shift waste collectors clean Newcastle streets; drunk people inconsistently use garbage bins. Britain generates enough trash in one hour to fill Albert Hall; cities promote recycling, as landfill is no longer an option.

Byker Waste Processing Plant (02:40)

The plant mechanically sorts garbage from Newcastle; 80% of refuse is recycled. Site Manager Bob Pollock has employees search through recent collections, responding to a report of accidentally discarded money bags.

Recycling Biodegradable Refuse (05:12)

Newcastle generates 100 tons of food garbage a day. Byker uses a trommel to separate it from other trash, sending it to an Ellington plant. There, the waste is mixed with wood, sealed, and monitored to ensure decomposition.

Alternative Energy Source (03:06)

Byker makes refuse-derived fuel bales from collected garbage to be burned at Swedish power plants for electricity production. The shipping and incineration fees are less costly than British dumping taxes.

Fly Tipping (04:07)

In Newcastle, illegal dumping is a problem. The city council enlists the Enviro-crime Team to investigate and prosecute offenders. A trainee and officer sort through street trash, finding evidence of its owner. They question their suspect, who claims the previous residents littered the streets.

Middlesbrough Facility (05:52)

During the two weeks Byker closes for annual maintenance, Newcastle waste goes to Teesside Energy, where it is converted into electricity. Emissions are cleaned before released and ashes are made into aggregates. British plants are less efficient than Swedish counterparts.

Valuable Refuse (04:56)

Britain disposes of cars and large appliances at Nottingham Recycling Scrap Metal Center. Before processing, non-metallic materials are removed. Metals are separated by type and value, fed into a shredder, and further sorted before shipped to smelting plants.

Elswick Neighborhood Wardens (03:20)

The community watch program battles fly tipping. Workers search through garbage dumped in the back lanes, speaking with residents about the issue. One tenant asserts the problem has worsened, reporting rat infestations.

Swedish Efficiency (04:23)

Pollock accompanies a waste shipment to Sweden to review operation; the country a world leader in refuse processing. He observes how damaged refuse-derived ruel bales become during transit.

Litter Crackdown (07:38)

Elswick Neighborhood Wardens investigate reports of an illegally dumped refrigerator; they locate the offender. Fly tipping is problematic, triggering implementation of the Enviro-Crime Team. Penalties rarely cover cleaning costs.

Public Policy (02:49)

Pollock returns from Sweden with 24 hours until Byker reopens after scheduled maintenance. Processing waste is costly, and Newcastle City Council is under pressure to save money; they plan to cut night collection operations.

Management Solutions (03:05)

Elswick Neighborhood Wardens discuss getting residents and children involved with clean-up projects. Byker reopens; Pollock asserts that self-management is the best way to deal with waste problems.

Credits: Wastemen: Big Problems, Big Solutions (00:30)

Credits: Wastemen: Big Problems, Big Solutions

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We throw away more than ever. And with increasing landfill taxes and environmental concerns, burying all our rubbish is no longer an option.

Length: 52 minutes

Item#: FPT188078

ISBN: 978-1-64867-273-6

Copyright date: ©2015

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