With the co-operation of the New York City Cleaning Department the Edison Company has produced a film that will enlighten the outside as to the various methods employed in this city. First ... See full summary »

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With the co-operation of the New York City Cleaning Department the Edison Company has produced a film that will enlighten the outside as to the various methods employed in this city. First there is the ordinary sweeper, who sweeps the streets, brushing the dirt to one side where it is at once picked up and carted away. A recent innovation is the pneumatic sweeper which sweeps and picks up the dirt simultaneously. The latest type of flushing machine now used has a gasoline engine, which forces the water to the pavement under a pressure that wipes it absolutely clean. For wet pavements the squeegee, with its revolving rubber drums, serves both for cleaning and drying. From the refuse of the city has been built an entire island in Long Island Sound, known as Riker's Island. Here when it has reached the proper size the city proposes building a new prison. The garbage is taken down the bay to Barren Island, where it is thrown into huge vats, boiled, pressed, dried and then ground into ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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24 February 1912 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with the comedy The Lost Kitten (1912). See more »

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