Use of coal and coke for heating, cooking and industrial processes was ubiquitous.
Refuse collected by the Council included rakings from coal fires which still contained
combustible material when burnt in an incinerator. The ‘dust destructor’ started
operation by Auckland Road on 1st October 1896. It had 4 pairs of furnaces burning
the Council’s refuse in continuous operation. The heat generated the power for the
sewage works’ steam engines 1. The refuse was reduced to about 25% to 30% in a hard
clinker form which was sold. The 1885 building and 1897 pumps at the Walthamstow
equivalent survive as part of the E17 Pump House Steam & Transport Museum, South
Prevailing south-westerly winds blew smoke from London towards Leyton.
1 Leyton Urban District Council. Surveyor's Report for the Year ending 31st March,
the later Victorian and Edwardian times 1890 to 1919