#805: Wastepress

Domestic refuse needs to go somewhere and today’s invention aims to make better use of it than conventional landfill.

Each railway station would have some special railway cars parked in a siding. Refuse vehicles would dump their loads into one of these trucks, which would be designed to ‘telescope’ -one end being free to slide inside the body of the other so that the space between ends is greatly reduced.

When full, each truck is placed on the track ahead of a train which then pushes it along.

When the train reaches a station where large-scale civil engineering is occurring, the brakes are applied to the refuse truck’s front wheels and the train telescopes this wagon, crushing its contents together. The wagon can then be moved to a siding and its compressed block of high-density rubbish used for projects such as building embankments or stabilising earthworks.

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