Waste Disposal



It was essentially a technical matter
How to dispose of the waste material
produced by such a vast social experiment
Ethical issues were not involved

The gassing was efficient
The early stages of the procedure
presented few difficulties
But disposing of the waste material was a problem

Such large quantities were involved
At times, when the ovens couldn’t cope
the waste material had to be burned outside
in the snow and the mud

Finding an answer to this problem
became a matter of great urgency
Each of us drew on our past experience
Various suggestions were put forward

We tried burning the piles
with ditches dug around the outside
to allow the air to circulate from below
and so improve the processes of combustion

We placed wood beneath the piles
then poured petrol on top
We placed wood between the layers
and flooded the petrol underneath

We realised that once the fire
had reached a certain temperature
the waste material broke down rapidly
into its combustible components

The final solution was to carefully maintain
this critical temperature
For if the heat grew too intense
we were unable to approach the inferno