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Chutes to suck waste from estate

by tango_fox1 / December 9, 2008 2:34 AM PST

Now while this isn't 'new' tech I would wonder why it's not been implemented on a wider scale?

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/7772752.stm

"About 8,000 residents on a north London estate are to use vacuum-powered chutes to dispose of their rubbish rather than leaving it in bags for collection.

It is hoped the system will cut mess and increase recycling at Wembley City.

Items must be separated into colour-coded containers before they are dropped into the corresponding chutes.

The waste will then be sucked through a series of pipes at 70km/h (43mph) to a central collection point, where it will be picked up twice a day.

The system has been used in more than 30 countries and originated in Sweden in the 1960s."
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sounds good..
by mementh / December 9, 2008 7:54 AM PST

but i wonder what happens when somone throws something away accedentally like a kid playing with the system?

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(NT) They might have to take some constipation pills. ;P
by tango_fox1 / December 9, 2008 10:21 PM PST
In reply to: sounds good..
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While we're at it...
by Balls_Maximus / December 9, 2008 11:12 PM PST

Why don't we have vaccuum powered mail? Or Vaccurrier?

Think about it, your buddy can call you, say, "Hey Dave, I need to borrow a Phillips Head." Then you can simply lop off your neighbor Phillip's head, drop it in the vaccucurrier, and your friend can be using it in (M = number of miles, X = Minutes until use) no time!

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How much energy is that going to use?
by shawnlin / December 9, 2008 11:17 PM PST

I mean...my vacuum cleaner is a few amps!

--S

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Just to clarify..
by tango_fox1 / December 10, 2008 12:33 AM PST

from what I've read it's not to the individual apartment but to like a building where more than one apartment can sort their trash and then put it in the chutes.
Regarding Phillip's head it only removes stuff from the estate not to you neighbour's house.

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