Energy timelines - wood fuel
   

Wood was the primary source for cooking, warmth, light, trains and steamboats. Cutting wood was time consuming, hard work.
   
   
1860
Wood was the primary fuel for heating and cooking in homes and businesses, and was used for steam in industries, trains, and boats.
 
1890
Coal had displaced much of the wood used in steam generation.
 
1900
Ethanol was competing with gasoline to be the fuel for cars.
 
1910
Most rural homes were still heated with wood. In towns, coal was displacing wood in homes.
 
1950
Electricity and natural gas had displaced wood heat in most homes and commercial buildings.
 
Garbage timeline

First city dump opened in 500 B.C. in Athens, Greece.

First the English Parliament bans waste disposal in public waterways and ditches in 1388.


 
1400
Garbage piles up so high outside Paris gates that it interferes with the city defenses.
 
1690
Paper is made from recycled fibers at a mill near Philadelphia.
 
1842
A report in England links disease to filthy environmental conditions.
 
1898
The first energy recovery from garbage incineration in the United States started in New York City.
 
1900's
Pigs are use to help get rid of garbage in several cities. One expert said 75 pigs could consume one ton of garbage a day.
 
1904
First major aluminum recycling plants open in U.S.
 
1920's
Landfilling becomes most popular way to get rid of garbage.
 
1959
The first guide to sanitary landfilling is published.
 
 
 
     

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