Who is Mr. Trash Wheel? Yet another weird celebrity baby name? Nope. A cartoon character? Try again. A wheel in the Baltimore Harbor that collects trash? Yes!
I first learned about Mr. Trash Wheel a few weeks ago on Reddit. Someone posted about this water wheel that has helped pull over 200 tons of trash out of the Baltimore Harbor! That’s incredible. Check out these before and after pictures:
How incredible is that before and after comparison? Just, wow! In the before picture the paddle boats seem to be growing legs and climbing out of the water to escape the disgusting crap floating on top. In the after picture I don’t see a single paddle boat docked because I assume they are out being used by people enjoying the much cleaner harbor!
Mr. Trash Wheel did an AMA (Reddit lingo for a Q&A session) earlier today to spread awareness about what he does. Click HERE to read through it! With a name like Mr. Trash Wheel I was curious to learn more. For starters, check out this video of Mr. Trash Wheel in action:
Pretty cool, right? It’s a simple idea, use solar power and the natural flow of the river’s current to:
- direct the trash to the wheel,
- power the ramp that removes the trash from the water,
- and dump the trash into a large bin so it can’t go back into the harbor.
Live video feed of Mr. Trash Wheel in action, click HERE!
The city of Baltimore even wants to install a second Mr. Trash Wheel (may I suggest the name Mr. Trash Wheel Jr.?) in another section of the Baltimore Harbor. The annual cost of one trash wheel is about $130,000. It seems like a lot of money for a contraption designed to be mostly self-sustaining since it runs on solar and river current power. However, there are maintenance costs involved and of course the removal of the literals tons of trash Mr. Trash Wheel collects. A huge benefit is the waterfront value a clean harbor brings to restaurants, bars, and other shops that rent space next to the river. Would you like to go for a romantic evening stroll next to a dirty harbor? Hell no. Clean harbors bring a huge benefit to their communities’ health, happiness, and environment.