BALTIMORE, Md. (WMAR) - Baltimore's most famous “garbage man,” Mr. Trash Wheel, celebrated his fourth birthday Tuesday afternoon.
The floating debris collector has been happily gorging at the mouth of the Jones Falls River, located between Piers V and VI in the Inner Harbor. The contraption uses both the water’s current and solar powered panels to move a conveyor belt that lifts refuse out of the water and into a dumpster that is changed out periodically when it’s full. The wheel has consumed more than 1.5 million tons of garbage and debris since May of 2014, according to the Waterfront Partnership, a non-profit who advocates for a cleaner, healthier harbor.
Mr. Trash Wheel has drawn praise and attention locally and nationally, seen as an innovative, self-sustaining, environmentally friendly tool for cleaning polluted water ways. He has built a fan club as well, garnering more than 16,000 followers on his Twitter account.