Film ID:
YFA 1992

FACTORY REFUSE AND WASTE MATERIAL ACCUMULATION AND DISPOSAL

1955

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Description

This film shows the changed methods of waste disposal by British Belting & Asbestos Ltd. at their Cleckheaton works. Cleckheaton is at the centre of the Spen Valley and was the major town in the former borough of Spenborough, West Yorkshire. The film provides an interesting perspective on industry showing that improvements are measured in terms of time saved and efficiency, rather than any reduction in pollution health and safety for their employees.

Title - British Belting & Asbestos Ltd.,
Factory Refuse and Waste Material Accumulation and Disposal
Temporary Storage and Disposal of General Factory Refuse and Waste Material Old Method

The opening sequence shows several men loading some sort of waste onto a lorry. They empty the contents of metal drums into the lorry and dust flies about. They are not wearing any protective clothing. The barrels are then lined up against the wall once the waste has been dumped. There is extensive footage of this process. Once the lorry is full, it is driven to the landfill. Here, the lorry can be seen tipping the waste in a snow-covered setting in the country.

Title - Temporary Storage and Disposal of General Factory Refuse and Waste Material New Method

A more modern, skip type lorry (British Belting and Asbestos logo) delivers a waste container. There are several such containers around a factory and they have lids to stop the waste blowing about. A lorry picks up a skip and drives off. The lorry is next seen tipping out its contents at a land fill site. The container is then returned to the factory to be filled again.

Title - Temporary Storage and Disposal of Bagged Grinding Dust Old Method

Men load sacks of dusty looking material onto a lorry, and then it is dumped in the land fill site. The lorry is packed to capacity, and there is a lot of dust flying about as the men load the sacks of waste onto the truck.

Title - Temporary Storage and Disposal of Bagged Grinding Dust New Method

The only difference appears to be the use of a skip carrying vehicle. The bags are loaded into the skip in the same way, though not as much waste at one time. The skip is then dumped at the waste site.

Title - Temporary Storage and Disposal of Burnt Refuse Old Method

A man rakes the ash out of the furnace. He then shovels the ash onto a conveyor belt which loads it onto the back of a lorry. The ash is then dumped at the waste site in the countryside.

Title - Temporary Storage and Disposal of Burnt Refuse New Method

Once again, with the new method, the only difference is the use of a skip-type lorry. The skip is delivered and placed next to the furnace. Instead of using a conveyor belt, the man shovels the ash directly into the skip. The skip is then loaded onto the lorry and dumped at the waste site before being returned to the factory.

Title - Results of the change in method.
Old Method 0.5 tons moved per man hour
New Method 1.75 tons moved per man hour
Increase 1.25 tons moved per man hour
Increase 250%
Other uses made of the multi-container handling unit
1. Transporting machinery, fork lift trucks & building materials to the various outside warehouses
2. Transporting yarns from outside suppliers
3. Transporting raw materials from bottoms mill
4. Transporting manure from outside suppliers & tipping at B.B.A. Gardens

The film ends with more shots of the factory and men loading rubble into one of the containers with the aid of a wheelbarrow.

Title - The End