Four Million Cigarette Butts and Counting. Could This ‘Trash Wheel’ Help Make Baltimore Harbor Swimmable Again?
by Owen James Burke
Left: A photo taken of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on April 30th, 2014 after flooding. Right: A photo taken this past week, after similar flooding due to Hurricane Joaquin. Photo: Adam Lindquist/Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore
“Mr. Trash Wheel”, or “The Inner Harbor Water Wheel” as he’s formally known, sits at the mouth of the Jones Falls River in Baltimore, Maryland’s inner harbor, hoovering up tens of thousands of plastic bottles and wrappers, and an astounding four million cigarette butts.
The Inner Harbor Water Wheel is a conveyor belt that runs on solar and hydro power, with a dumpster at the end. It’s a simple concept, and perhaps not as ambitious as Boyan Slat’s Ocean Cleanup, but the results speak for themselves. Read more at Discovery.