Solar-Powered “Mr. Trash Wheel” Has Removed Over A Million Lbs of Trash From Baltimore Inner Harbor

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Meet “Mr.Trash Wheel” – a googly-eyed, solar powered water wheel in Baltimore that removes trash from the river. This amazing device continues to clean up people’s litter even while we sleep.

Baltimore’s harbor is cleaner than it has been in decades thanks to two anthropomorphic trash wheels pulling debris from its waters.

Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel, the latter of which was installed in December, are solar- and hydro-powered trash interceptors based in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, clearing debris before it enters the Chesapeake Bay. Over a million pounds of trash has been pulled out of the water by Mr. Trash Wheel since it was installed in May 2014, according to National Geographic.

Some of that rubbish includes 8.9 million cigarette butts and half a million polystyrene containers.

The water wheel is powered by the river’s current, which lifts debris from the water and deposits it into a dumpster.

It is then sent to be incinerated, which generates power for some homes in Maryland. When there isn’t enough water current, there is a solar panel attached to the water wheel to provide additional power.

This seems like a great idea and these devices could help clean up many big city areas where rain and wind bring trash to the rivers. It not only makes it nicer for people to look at, it makes the water cleaner and safer for all aquatic life.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

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