Litter collection device installed in Pinson’s Beaver Creek

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. — Another weapon to clean up trash on waterways was installed.

The Freshwater Land Trust reported a new litter collection device was placed in Beaver Creek at Pinson’s Bicentennial Park July 12.

“Litter Gitters” are in-stream trash collection devices used to catch floating litter from stormwater runoff.

Several devices have been in operation across Jefferson County since 2019, and have collected more than 23,000 pounds of litter, stated a news release.

“We hope these litter gitters serve as a reminder to people that everything they drop on the ground ends up in our waterways and, ultimately, in the Gulf of Mexico. While we are thrilled with Project Litter Gitter’s success, including the addition of the first trash collection device in Turkey Creek, we look forward to the day when these devices are no longer needed,” said Rusha Smith, executive director of Freshwater Land Trust.

The other “Litter Gitters” are located in Valley Creek and Village Creek in Birmingham, Five Mile Creek in Tarrant, Griffin Brook and Shades Creek in Homewood, and Pinchgut Creek in Trussville.

The Jefferson County Commission is sponsoring the Pinson device for one year.

This story originally appeared on WTVM 13 by Shannon Delcambre. View the original story online here.


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