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The world’s best bin

Published: May 2020

How much waste can you clear in one month? More than 63.3 tons? If so, you’d be able to beat the new record set in Baltimore!

Baltimore’s Mr Trash Wheel, a solar and hydro powered trash interceptor that removes debris from the city’s Jones Falls River, set the Guinness World Record for clearing 63.3 tons of garbage in one month.

The wheel, which has giant googly-eyes, was invented by Baltimore local, John Kellet, for the Healthy Harbour Initiative of the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore. It cleared the waste from the mouth of the river from 1st April to 30th April 2017, and will appear in the 2020 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records for earning the record for most floating debris removed by a trash receptor in one month.

Mr Trash Wheel was installed in May 2014 and has collected over 2.5 million pounds of trash and debris, originating from upstream areas in Baltimore County and lower stream areas in Baltimore City, before being collected in the Inner Harbour.

Of the victory, Adam Lindquist, Waterfront Partnership’s director of the Healthy Harbour Initiative, said “Making it into the Guinness World Records is a bittersweet milestone,” in an interview with CBS Baltimore. “It’s further proof that the trash wheel technology is extremely effective, but it also highlights how much still needs to be done to reduce the amount of litter in the Harbour.”

The ultimate goal, according to Lindquist, is “to put Mr Trash Wheel out of a job, and for all Baltimoreans to understand how litter impacts our environmental health”.

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