The world needs more heroes, even if those heroes are solar-powered water wheels.
Mr. Trash Wheel, the googly-eyed, trash-gathering water wheel that’s been keeping Baltimore Harbor clean since 2014, recently inspired us all by hitting a huge milestone: he’s removed more than one million pounds of garbage from Baltimore’s waterways.
According to the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore’s website, Mr. Trash Wheel operates by gaining power from Baltimore currents. The currents turn the water wheel and lift trash and debris from the water, transferring it into Mr. Trash Wheel’s mouth, I mean dumpster barge. And when there’s not enough water current to generate power? That’s where the solar panels come in.
Since May 9, 2014, when Mr. Trash Wheel found his home on Jones Falls River, he has officially removed 1,094,340 pounds of trash, including 8,965,600 cigarette butts, 372,650 plastic bottles and 257,337 grocery bags.
Not only is Mr. Trash Wheel adorable and great at keeping Baltimore clean, but also, all the trash he collects is incinerated and used to generate electricity.
As Business Insider reported, the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore is so pleased with Mr. Trash Wheel’s positive contributions to the environment they’re fundraising for a second water wheel — a Mrs. Trash Wheel, perhaps?
Way to go, Mr. Trash Wheel — keep takin’ out that trash!
Mashable reached out to the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore for additional comment.