On May 9, 2014, Mr. Trash Wheel was deployed to the harbor of Baltimore. Since then, he has collected and removed more than 6.76 million cigarette butts, 255,000 Styrofoam containers, 173,000 chip bags, 200,000 plastic bottles, 113,000 grocery bags, and 4,000 glass bottles.
Originally called The Inner Harbor Harbor Water Wheel, Mr. Trash Wheel uses the river’s current to move. In the event that the current of the river was not powerful enough, a solar panel array generates support.
As the biggest superhero of Baltimore, this incredible water invention protects the waters of the Maryland city, lifting any floating trash and debris and depositing it into a nearby dumpster barge.
Once the dumpster becomes full, it will be towed away by a boat. Then it will be replaced by another one.
The trashes collected by Mr. Trash Wheel come from different parts of the state, from storm drains to neighborhood streams.
Mr. Trash Wheel, a concept of Waterfront Partnership, is just among the many projects aimed at restoring and cleaning the Baltimore Harbor. By 2020, the nonprofit is expecting to see a harbor that is a clean and safe haven for both humans and animals.
As of the moment, Waterfront Partnership is accepting donations to fund another water wheel, which they will be calling The Canton Water Wheel. They want to give it to Baltimore, Canton.