Baled trash, compacted in 1-1/2-ton cubes by a facility of the American Solid Waste Systems at St. Paul, Minn., has been undergoing rail haulage tests. The material can be used for sanitary landfill and railroads offer the best prospects for economical, long-distance movement from cities which produce astronomical and growing quantities of garbage. A landfill operator is looking at the possibility of moving compacted Chicago trash to a site he has acquired and Rock Island provided two bulkhead flat cars which showed the practicability of the proposed system. Penn Central has developed a "resource recovery vehicle," a bulkhead flat with removable sides, that has been loaded at the St. Paul facility and was displayed in Cleveland, Ohio, which is due to receive a demonstration grant from the Environmental Protection Agency covering rail haulage of compacted trash.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    P.O. Box 350
    Bristol, CT  United States  06010
  • Publication Date: 1973-3-26

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  • Accession Number: 00044091
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Railway Age
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 15 1973 12:00AM