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(Business Insider)   Solar-powered "Mr. Trash-Wheel" has now removed 1.1 million lbs of rubbish from Baltimore's Inner Harbor, including 8.9 million cigarette butts and half a million polystyrene containers. No word on how many condoms or dead bodies it's picked up   ( businessinsider.com) divider line
    More: Spiffy, water wheel, Plastic, Recycling, Million, Cigarette, Fort McHenry, Mr.Trash Wheel, rubbish  
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2017-04-20 07:44:41 PM  
 
2017-04-20 08:08:09 PM  
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2017-04-20 08:09:07 PM  
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it's still got to go somewhere
 
2017-04-20 08:10:00 PM  

Plant Rights Activist: removed

it's still got to go somewhere


Well getting it on land in Baltimore... I guess it just blends in with the rest of the scenery
 
2017-04-20 08:10:24 PM  
mmm coney island whitefish is on the menu tonight!
 
2017-04-20 08:11:24 PM  

Plant Rights Activist: removed

it's still got to go somewhere


That's why I don't bother cleaning anything. In order to clean something you have to get something else dirty. It's so pointless!
 
2017-04-20 08:11:41 PM  

Plant Rights Activist: removed

it's still got to go somewhere

incinerated and used to generate electricity.


can we build a fleet and set them loose in the garbage patch in the ocean?

 
2017-04-20 08:11:49 PM  

Plant Rights Activist: removed

it's still got to go somewhere


They burn it for power. Says so right in the article.
 
2017-04-20 08:13:38 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: mmm coney island whitefish is on the menu tonight!

is that a euphemism for a freshly installed tampon?

 
2017-04-20 08:13:42 PM  
The Ravens need to sign it.
 
2017-04-20 08:15:05 PM  

Madaynun: Dead for Tax Reasons: mmm coney island whitefish is on the menu tonight!

is that a euphemism for a freshly installed tampon?


You aren't good at using the quote button
 
2017-04-20 08:16:02 PM  

Madaynun: Plant Rights Activist: removed

it's still got to go somewhere

incinerated and used to generate electricity.


can we build a fleet and set them loose in the garbage patch in the ocean?


Those are usually micron sized particulates. Would a Britta filter work on them? Really, I don't know what is feasible with that. And it's a huge area, and even in the patch there are a lot of little critters that will get filtered as well. You could set up something floating with solar power but not sure whether the ecological impact would end up being positive or negative.
 
2017-04-20 08:16:09 PM  
40 pounds per hour. Meh.
 
2017-04-20 08:18:44 PM  

Yoyo: 40 pounds per hour. Meh.


Right. Better scrap the whole concept.
 
2017-04-20 08:26:46 PM  
That's one hell of a Roomba.

/DRTFA
 
2017-04-20 08:26:47 PM  
"Good name."
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2017-04-20 08:28:42 PM  

BolloxReader: Those are usually micron sized particulates. Would a Britta filter work on them? Really, I don't know what is feasible with that. And it's a huge area, and even in the patch there are a lot of little critters that will get filtered as well. You could set up something floating with solar power but not sure whether the ecological impact would end up being positive or negative.


probably wouldn't want to be in the middle of the ocean with something like whats in the article
 
2017-04-20 08:32:13 PM  

Yoyo: 40 pounds per hour. Meh.


I know, right? That's like half my daily Cheeto and Mountain Dew consumption.
 
2017-04-20 08:32:24 PM  
 
2017-04-20 08:35:26 PM  

Madaynun: Dead for Tax Reasons: mmm coney island whitefish is on the menu tonight!

is that a euphemism for a freshly installed tampon?


the item was mentioned in the headline
 
2017-04-20 08:35:54 PM  
As any smoker will tell you, cigarette butts are not litter.
 
2017-04-20 08:36:50 PM  
Na, naa na na na, na naa naa naa na, Katamari Damacy
 
2017-04-20 08:38:30 PM  
Great.

Drone-ify, mass produce, and swarm that plastic continent in the Pacific.
 
2017-04-20 08:40:30 PM  
Baltimore Harbor....where the fish and crabs cook themselves.


/thanks, O'Malley
 
2017-04-20 08:43:29 PM  
How a\is the "Rainbow trout"?
 
2017-04-20 08:46:42 PM  
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2017-04-20 08:46:42 PM  

Plant Rights Activist: removed

it's still got to go somewhere


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2017-04-20 08:50:19 PM  
Or they could just install strainers on the discharge from sewage treatment plants and storm sewers.

Often localities do have such strainers but they get clogged and have to be bypassed for major rainstorms so they don't backup and cause their crap to flood out over the land.

Does Baltimore have such strainers and this crap comes from overflow situations or have they never bothered?

// i remember from years ago some beach in California (La Jolla?) that was covered in plastic tampon applicators and all the women there pretending they didn't know what they were and that they flushed such things down the toilet.
 
2017-04-20 08:53:23 PM  

Matthew Keene: As any smoker will tell you, cigarette butts are not litter.


That's what my stupid farking neighbors think as they flick them into my yard driving by. As if that's not bad enough I have kids who, unlike my neighbor's kids, actually like to play outside. They're at the age where they will pick anything up, and probably try to eat it. My ignorant farking white trash neighbor's also think nothing of burning their mother farking garbage in their yard while I'm trying to grill a steak while the kids play.
 
2017-04-20 08:55:05 PM  
Never seen a trashwheel, pretty clever. What i  have seen are fish wheels that scoop salmon right out of a river- costs big bucks to get a permit for one of those. The one i saw was operated by oregon fish and game...
 
2017-04-20 08:56:54 PM  
To religious fundamentalists used condoms and dead bodies are the same thing....
 
2017-04-20 08:57:24 PM  
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They took his job...
 
2017-04-20 09:07:34 PM  
i.imgur.com

It sweeps the sea clean!
 
2017-04-20 09:11:49 PM  

Plant Rights Activist: removed

it's still got to go somewhere


DNRTFA I see.  I goes into an incinerator that powers homes.
 
2017-04-20 09:12:49 PM  

Yoyo: 40 pounds per hour. Meh.


Do you realize how little cigarette butts, paper cuts, or plastic Twinkie wrappers weigh? 40 pounds of that shiat an hour sounds pretty damn good to me.
 
2017-04-20 09:14:44 PM  

bighairyguy: The Ravens need to sign it.


It hasn't murdered anyone yet.  Or does that distinction now go to the Pats.
 
2017-04-20 09:16:54 PM  

Speef: [img.fark.net image 425x430]


With a solar power backup.
 
2017-04-20 09:18:57 PM  

JustLookin: Yoyo: 40 pounds per hour. Meh.

Do you realize how little cigarette butts, paper cuts, or plastic Twinkie wrappers weigh? 40 pounds of that shiat an hour sounds pretty damn good to me.


Not to mention paper cups.
 
2017-04-20 09:29:21 PM  
Bawlmr does something right!

They were talking about building more, which I hope they do.  I wonder if tfa mentions it.  I guess we'll never know.
 
2017-04-20 09:30:31 PM  

BolloxReader: Plant Rights Activist: removed

it's still got to go somewhere

They burn it for power. Says so right in the article.


Look at you with your fancy reading and all that.
 
2017-04-20 09:37:34 PM  
I just want to know how they got the 8.9 million cig butts stat.
That seems a bit
(•_•)
( •_•)>⌐■-■
fishy to me
(⌐■_■)

YYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH
 
2017-04-20 09:57:21 PM  
If you were cool, you could have ordered one of these:

asset-service.out.customink.com
 
2017-04-20 09:57:31 PM  
Water Wheel operating in a rain storm (Baltimore, MD)
Youtube v5l7s6wC50g
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/  Mr. Trash Wheel at work - just look at his butt(s) !
 
2017-04-20 09:58:48 PM  

Matthew Keene: As any smoker will tell you, cigarette butts are not litter.


Every spring, when the snow melts, I look around at the piles of cigarette butts that have accumulated over the winter. I conclude that smokers are simply awful human beings. At least most of them will get lung cancer.
 
2017-04-20 10:00:08 PM  

BolloxReader: Plant Rights Activist: removed

it's still got to go somewhere

They burn it for power. Says so right in the article.


img.fark.net
 
2017-04-20 10:01:56 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2017-04-20 10:06:25 PM  

Matthew Keene: As any smoker will tell you, cigarette butts are not litter.


I've been told that bird use the butts for their nests, so they are actually helping the environment.
 
2017-04-20 10:06:31 PM  

bighairyguy: The Ravens need to sign it.


Well, at least it can catch.
 
2017-04-20 10:07:12 PM  
It is really cool seeing it in action, but TFA sucks.
 
2017-04-20 10:07:27 PM  

JustLookin: Yoyo: 40 pounds per hour. Meh.

Do you realize how little cigarette butts, paper cuts, or plastic Twinkie wrappers weigh? 40 pounds of that shiat an hour sounds pretty damn good to me.


FWIW when I recycle my plastic to get the CRV back, 9 full 30 gallon bags of (unsmashed) plastic bottles comes in around 25 pounds. I know a box of 1000 polystyrene bags is about 10#. Cig butts? What's that, 6g each? 40# is a fair amount of trash, more than one person might generate in a month.
 
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