Film ID: NEFA 19564 Video of NEFA 19564 Today's Waste Tomorrow's Fuel TODAY'S WASTE TOMORROW'S FUEL 1980 Visitor TabsDescription A film produced by Turners Film & Video Productions for Tyne & Wear County Council looking at the different types of domestic and commercial waste produced in the city of Newcastle, and how recycling can recover valuable materials from waste at the new Byker Reclamation Plant. The film opens on rubbish spinning inside the Air Classifier at the Byker Reclamation Plant in Newcastle. Title: Today's Waste, Tomorrow's Fuel The film cuts to show a view of the River Tyne, the Tyne Bridge and Swing Bridge. The camera pans left to right along the Newcastle quayside. Cars and a caravan are parked along a terraced street. A dustman collects a bag of domestic rubbish from a house or flat situated along the Byker Wall . A second man collects another bag from a different address and meets a third dustman as he walk along a path towards the Byker Wall. Rubbish is thrown into a rear loading refuse truck. At the rear of a shopping centre a lorry hoists a large commercial waste bin into position behind the drivers cab and moves off. It goes past a large sign on the building behind which reads, Denton Park Shopping Centre. The film cuts to show a shipyard with cranes and a ship on a slipway under construction. Another lorry collect a large container of refuse from the shipyard and drives away. At a landfill site a number of refuse trucks carrying dump their waste. A mechanical shovel drives over the rubbish to level it. Looking down from a large pile of refuse a man rakes through the waste while nearby another mechanical shovel collects waste in its bucket. The film cuts to show a number of historical photographs showing early examples of recycling centres and plants where waste is used to fuel steam generated electricity. General views follow of refuse being unloaded from trucks at a landfill site. The film cuts to show refuse being incinerated, the camera zooms in on the burning mass. A man looks over a set of controls while a second monitors the burning refuse. Another close up of the burning refuse follows. Ash or 'clinker' travels along a conveyor and falls into the back of a lorry. At a metal reclamation plant near to the River Tyne a large mechanical excavator drops refuse onto a conveyor that forms part of a machine. At the other end of the machine refuse drops into the back of a lorry. There are views of the refuse moving along the conveyor where a large magnet pulls the metal from the waste and drops it onto another conveyor. Compressed bales of metal come out of the machine and travel along a conveyor before dropping onto a pile of other bales. At a power plant a man uses eye protection to look at the fire burning inside an incinerator. Pellets made from waste are mixed with coal and fuel the fire inside the incinerator. Along the front of a large boiler a sign reads 'Clarke Chapman Boiler'. A man looks at a gauge and writes on a piece of paper. General view of a number of large generators inside the building. General views of more refuse being off loaded at a landfill site. The film cuts to show views of a former landfill at Rising Sun, Wallsend which is now a grassy landscape with planted trees. The film cuts to show views of a model of the new Byker Reclamation Plant; the first municipal plant of its type in Europe. General views of the Byker Reclamation Plant building site with cranes lifting metal girders into the air and concrete being laid on the ground. Steel for the walls is lifted into position. The film cuts to show the exterior of the Newell Dunford office building. Inside the factory there are views of men working on the construction of a large metal drum which will separate heavy and light materials by a system of air classification.One man uses an acetylene torch to weld a section of metal while inside the drum two men mark out sections with chalk. After the men leave the drum, it is shown slowly turning. Back on the building site at Byker three men in suits and hard hats walk along a road beside the site talking. A large crane lifts a section of the Pulverizer into the air which is then guided into place by a number of men. The film cuts to show the plant within the Byker landscape. There is a view of residential flats followed by a railway line and busy road built near to the plant. 'Byker Reclamation Plant' is written in large red letters on an exterior wall. General views inside the plant of the newly installed pipe runs and conveyors. On a gangway over the plant a man and a woman look over a set of plant. The film cuts to an animated graphic showing how waste is processed at the plant. Rubbish arrives at the 'Reception' area and unloaded into storage before being moved by mechanical shovel to the 'Primary Pulverizer' followed by the 'Air Classifier' and then to the 'Secondary Pulverizer' where it is reduced and eventually turned into fuel pellets. A man sits at a control desk inside the High Level Control Room plant. A rubbish truck can be seen arriving at 'Reception' on a CCTV monitor. It pulls into position, is weighed and unloaded inside the Reception' hall. A mechanical shovel begins the process of separation described previously in the animation by loading rubbish into the Primary Pulverizer. Separated waste spins inside the Air Classifier. Magnets separate metal and bales of ferrous metal travel along a conveyor into a skip. The film cuts to show liquid tin pour down a chute into a vat. The liquid bubbles and steams. The metal is poured into ingots and a man removes impurities from the molten surface of each ingot using a spatula. The film cuts to small stacks of new ingots. A large piece of machinery is opened to reveal finished fuel pellets inside. The pellets travel along a conveyor into the adjacent boiler plant. A worker opens the boiler where fire burns inside. An woman walks along an upper walkway at the Byker Wall and drops a bag of rubbish into a bin. A refuse truck turns into the Byker estate and dustbin men carry rubbish bags away along the same walkway. Inside his maisonette a man waters a houseplant on the window sill while looking out towards the Byker Reclamation Plant which is nearby. General view showing the plant within the local landscape close to the River Tyne. Seated on a sofa a woman feeds a baby. Dustbin men throw bags of rubbish into the back of a refuse truck. The woman seen previously on the walkway turns the dial up on her room thermostat. The film cuts to show her doing the washing up. The film cuts to outside with a view of the Byker Wall estate fading from day to night. The outline of the building can be seen lit by street lights. End Credit: Produced for Tyne and Wear County Council in co-operation with the Department of the Environment. End Credit: By Turners Film and Video Productions. Newcastle upon Tyne, England. End Credit: Narrated by Michael Rodd. The film ends on the logo of Tyne and Wear County Council. Context From trash to treasure – Byker embraces recycling in 1979. Garbage is not the most glamorous subject for a film, but, as environmental disaster looms, this 80s municipal film may attract the curious amongst future eco warriors. The state of the art Byker Reclamation Plant, commissioned in 1979, was the first in Europe, recycling rubbish from the east end of Newcastle, and heating the homes of the epic Byker Wall housing estate designed by Ralph Erskine. This persuasive film is a late example of municipal patronage made for the Tyne and Wear County Council in co-operation with the Department of Environment by a prodigious local film production company, Turners. Turners spent more than 50 years honing their creative and technical skills, but finally folded in 1999. The Byker Plant was a flawed scheme and breached environmental controls. It was discovered in 2000 that ashes from the incinerator had seriously contaminated land around Newcastle (including allotments). The Byker Wall became a Grade II listed building in 2007 and was UNESCO listed as outstanding 20th century architecture.