Media item

The Hague: 70 years sanitation department

Week number: 41-26

Newsreels in which Dutch subjects of a certain week are presented.


On the occassion of the 70 year anniversary of the sanitation department of The Hague an overview is given of the different activities of the department and the processing of the collected household refuse. SHOTS: -On high shot of the buildings of the department - with their own railway yard - followed by footage of: sweepers; road sweepers; public paper bins and baskets; pumping cars for cleaning out the drains; watering carts and gritters; snowploughs; refuse collectors emptying dustbins with a tipping mechanism at the back of the dustcart; -one shot of the dumping of refuse from a dustcart in a railway wagon, followed by shots of the emptying of wagons at the dumping ground of the VAM from Wijster, Drenthe; finally a short shot of waving corn, of which the ground - according to a sign - is manured with VAM compost.

During World War II the newsreels by film producers Polygoon and Profilti were controlled by the German occupiers. Polygoon and Profilti had to work together with the German film rental office Tobis. From January 1, 1941 the newsreels were therefore called Tobis News. Until the fall of 1944 newsreels under this name were produced alternately by Polygoon and Profilti.

Polygoon-Profilti (producer) / Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (curator)
Publication date:
1 June 1941


Original format:
Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid