21 May 2014

Every polluted river needs one of these

"In an effort to battle the polluted water of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Clearwater Mills' John Kellett and Daniel Chase helped design a solar-paneled, water-powered trash devourer that aims to make the harbor swimmable by 2020.

The Water Wheel works by funneling debris in, pushing the trash onto a conveyer belt and running the loaded conveyer belt into a dumpster. When the dumpster is full, the dock is released, hooked up to a boat and taken to a RESCO waste-to-energy plant, where it is converted to electrical energy."


  1. This is wonderful. This is how things used to be done before we all became physically and mentally lazy began to start using combustion engines to run EVERYTHING. This is clean running and productive.

  2. I love this machine. What a great idea!

    On the other side of the coin, I'm appalled by the shear volume of garbage the machine caught in just a couple of hours. Don't people have any pride? Can't they just hold onto that bottle for a couple more minutes until they get to a proper trash receptacle?

    1. One possible explanation is that the river was said to be near flood levels, which is when it will pick up debris that has been deposited on its banks over a longer period of time.

      But... if you think this video is distressing regarding river pollution, look at the one in this old post -



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