TRASH WHEEL PROJECT













USING THE POWER OF NATURE TO KEEP OUR HARBOR CLEAN

The Inner Harbor Water Wheel, or “Mr. Trash Wheel” to locals, combines old and new technology to harness the power of water and sunlight to collect litter and debris flowing down the Jones Falls River.

The river’s current provides power to turn the water wheel, which lifts trash and debris from the water and deposits it into a dumpster barge. When there isn’t enough water current, a solar panel array provides additional power to keep the machine running. When the dumpster is full, it’s towed away by boat, and a new dumpster is put in place. Voilà!

Thank you, Mr. Trash Wheel.




TRASH WHEEL GARBAGE & DEBRIS REMOVAL STATS:

MR TRASH WHEEL & PROFESSOR TRASH WHEEL HAVE COLLECTED 1,477,580  lbs. SINCE MAY 9, 2014

bottle
594,800
PLASTIC BOTTLES 
styrofoam
688,727
POLYSTYRENE CONTAINERS
cigbutt
9,818,900
CIGARETTE BUTTS

Glass
7,734
GLASS BOTTLES
PlasticBag
499,587
GROCERY BAGS
Chipbag
687,269
CHIP BAGS
Click HERE to download the complete Mr. Trash Wheel collection data set.

FOLLOW MR. TRASH WHEEL ON TWITTER

RT @Danielle_Bmore: Just a sample of the polystyrene load @MrTrashWheel collected and we sorted today. https://t.co/qbphdjXB8C MrTrashWheel 7 0
All these people showed up on a Saturday morning to dig through Professor Trash Wheel's stomach contents. You human… https://t.co/tHRblj4MkX MrTrashWheel 6 43
Bob Ross, eat your heart out! Look at this fantastic piece of art by Matt Muirhead! It captures all my … MrTrashWheel 5 64
Who ever did this is a national treasure. https://t.co/iEAwupYVkw MrTrashWheel 7 76

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Mr. Trash Wheel is on Twitter! He’s happy to answer any questions you may have about life in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and what it’s like eating trash all day. You can follow his tweets @MrTrashWheel.


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  • WHERE DOES THE TRASH COME FROM?

    Trash comes from people who throw garbage on the ground instead of putting it in a trash can or recycling bin. When it rains, water carries this garbage off streets and into storm drains, which flow unfiltered into neighborhood streams. These streams carry the trash into the Baltimore Harbor and the Chesapeake Bay.

    The Jones Falls begins as a stream in Baltimore County, and is fed by other streams until it becomes a small river in Baltimore City. Although much of the river is hidden beneath the Jones Falls Expressway, the Jones Falls Watershed is much larger than the river. A watershed is an area of land that all drains to the same body of water.

    The map on the left shows the Jones Falls Watershed, which drains fifty-eight square miles of land. Garbage collected by Mr. Trash Wheel could come from anywhere in the Jones Falls Watershed area.


MR. TRASH WHEEL FACTS

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 The most the Water Wheel has ever collected in a single day is 38,000 lbs.

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 On a sunny day, the solar panels can produce 2,500 watts of electricity—enough to power a typical Maryland home.

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 Trash collected by the Water Wheel is incinerated to generate electricity.

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 If you lined up all the cigarette butts collected by the Water Wheel, they would stretch over 70 miles!

MR. TRASH WHEEL PHOTOS

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MR. TRASH WHEEL IN ACTION

TRASH WHEEL PROJECT SPONSORS


INVENTED & CONSTRUCTED BY

Clearwater Mills, LLC

TRASH DISPOSAL PROVIDED BY

Baltimore City Department of Public Works

ADDITIONAL FUNDING PROVIDED BY

Brown AdvisoryThe Abell Foundation, and Marriott Hotels

DESIGN ARCHITECT

Ziger/Snead