It’s Nice to Meet You, Mr. Trash Wheel

Educating people about proper disposal sometimes are frustrating to do, especially in Urban City. However, we must not give up to give understanding to the citizen about the importance of preserving our environment. We need to engage the people more, even though it takes more time. So how to make the river in the city keep clean, beside campaign and education? Technology is the answer!


Mr. Trash Wheel is originally from Baltimore City. This is actually water wheel that called Mr. Trash Wheel to locals. How does it work? It 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.

What are the trash that could be collected by Mr. Trash Wheel? They are mostly plastic bottle, polystyrene containers, Cigarettes, Glass Bottles, Grocery Bags, Chip Bags etc. The average of total trash and debris that have been collected every month is more than 20 tons.


Mr. Trash wheel is very unique and be one of the tourist attractions in Inner Harbor, Baltimore City. It is not only a technology, but also media for education. Combination of nature, technology, tradition and education, make Mr. Trash Wheel really lovable! Thank you Mr. Trash Wheel. It is nice to meet you!


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