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'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.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-277
Number of pages23
JournalUrban History
Volume34
Issue number2
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Publication statusPublished - Aug 2007

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