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There are a great many complaints in Wellington about the newly-erected de-1 structor which was to convert all the city rubbish of every kind into dust. The chimney was to have been smokeless, or nearly so ; but it is not, and quantities of refuse have passed through the furnace and never appear to have been touched by fire It does not appear, however, that this is the fault of the machinery, but rather, it seems to be, ignorance of the proper way to go to work. Mr S. Brown, ex-mayor, to whose perseverance the erection of the destructor was mainly due, in a letter to the Press Ba ys:—"The destructor should have been fired for at least a week or fortnight to dry the wet brickwork and get the furnace up to the proper heat, instead of which it was i lib (to burn rubbish) with some paper j and coal, and wet as it was damp refuse was crammed in. The men do not understand the proper mode of stoking. The patentees sent out clear printed instructions for working, which (if carried out) will guarantee the success of the furnace. These are placed so high on the wall that the men could hardly read them without standing on a ladder. As a matter of fact, I don't think the directions have over been looked at. It is only right for mo to say that on my pointing out to His Worship the Mayor that it wa3 imperative to get up a proper heat, and that they must put in some fuel to raise the heat, the mayor immediately gave instructions, and during Saturday night the heat was better, but this was nullified on Sunday by Btupid people constantly opening the door. To sum up wet, cold furnaces, bad stoking, rushing in double the quantity that the furnace is capable of doing, how could a good result be possible ? But I may say that I have visited the destructor every day sinco it has been lighted, and have seen it improve each day; I and when the men learn the proper mode of ' stoking, and get a proper heat (I have seen glass running through the bars like water) the destructor will fulfil all that was expected or claimed for it." There has also been some trouble over the collection of refuse dust. The men now patrol streets at fixed hours, but they are supposed to have the stuff put out within 10ft of the footpath ready for them. This is not found to work well, as in houses where perhaps there is no one but a woman, when the man calls it is too much for her to drag out a heavy box of rubbish. Steps are being taken to improve the syßteni. Another municipal improvement, from which much is expected, electric street lighting, is by no means a guaranteed success. Apart from a dispute between the City Council and contractor as to whether two stations or one is best, it is quite possible the public will be disappointed at the small light given by the lamps. They are to be 20-candle power only, and it is understood the company's agents believe them to be inadequate, and would be glad to have seen a better class of light provided, for this was fixed by the Council itself. It was a feeling that the public would be dissatisfied with the light when they saw it that led the company to offer to fix some 50-candle power lamps at their own cost in the centre of the city. It may bo mentioned, however, that if the lamps do not give more light than the ordinary gas burner there will be many more of" them, and they will be kept going all night. ___________

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THE RUBBISH DESTRUCTOR IN WELLINGTON., Evening Star, Issue 7904, 11 May 1889

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THE RUBBISH DESTRUCTOR IN WELLINGTON. Evening Star, Issue 7904, 11 May 1889