While it may seem that not much action is being taken to solve the garbage problem on the planet, there has been movement. Perhaps it’s not at the level we really need but action is being taken. I believe in years to come, even more technologies will be developed for cleanup, as well as, more strict laws put in place in regards to corporate responsibility for packaging, dumping and littering. We have no choice. Anyway, according to EcoWatch, this was one of their most popular articles during the last month of 2015 – great to see!
“They say you can’t reinvent the wheel, but in May 2014, the Waterfront Partnership did just that. The Baltimore nonprofit installed “the world’s first permanent water wheel trash interceptor” to clean up the city’s polluted Inner Harbor.
The wheel, which is powered by solar panels and water currents, has pulled a whole lot of trash from the harbor in less than two years. As recently reported by Waste Dive, the $750,000 floating trash guzzler has removed more than 350 tons of litter from Baltimore’s landmark and tourist attraction to date.
This includes 80,000 plastic bottles, more than 90,000 foam containers, 36,000 plastic shopping bags, 66,000 snack bags and 4 million cigarette butts.
Affectionately known as Mr. Trash Wheel, the floating contraption has the capability to collect 50,000 pounds of trash per day.”