Air, Water and Energy in the Industrial Revolution

Waste and pollution

As we can see from these extracts, Armley Mills, when running as a woollen mill, had a big impact on the state of the environment and the natural world. Leeds Industrial Museum (as Armley Mills is called today) is far more environmentally friendly, and although much of that is due to the fact that it no longer produces hazardous waste, we also take the following actions:
  • We are committed to recycling of paper and cardboard products
  • We do not use bleach products
  • We use energy efficient light bulbs
  • We turn all heating of by May 1st at the latest
  • There are car sharing options, bicycle loans and Metro card offers for all members of staff
  • We only print when necessary

It’s not cheap being greener than our Victorian counterparts though…

Did you know that…?

To run the mill as a museum (in 2013) it costs each year approximately:

  • General refuse picked up - £2,000
  • Recycling paper - £1,000
  • Electricity - £27,000
  • Gas - £20,000
  • Water - £2,000
  • Plastic and can recycling - £500

Although cheaper in the long run, energy efficient light bulbs cost two to three times more than a traditional light bulb.


Counterpart - equivalent
Environment - surroundings , ecosystem
Hazardous - dangerous, risky, unsafe
Impact - influence or effect

Recycling - using waste material for a new purpose
Refuse - waste or rubbish 

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