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The Garchey System was an early refuse disposal system in the United Kingdom. Devised by Louis Garchey, a Frenchman, it was first installed in blocks of flats in France during the 1930s.[1] Similar systems were installed in various buildings during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. A more sophisticated system was installed in London's Barbican Estate in the 1960s and 1970s.



Conventional waste chutes convey dry refuse from individual flats. With the Garchey system collects refuse (from potato peelings, ashes and small bottles and tins) is soaked with water in a unit below the sink in each residential unit. From here it is flushed with water to central tanks for periodic removal or treatment.[1]


In Britain
In France


  1. ^ a b The Garchey story (On Barbican Living, accessed: 5 September 2017)

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