Litter Gitters deployed in Bay Area waterways to remove trash

The Osprey Initiative team are carrying the metal Litter Gitter to the water to install and catch floating litter.

TAMPA, Fla. – A new device being deployed into area waterways could help to remove trash and protect the environment. 

The Tampa Bay Estuary Program and other local environmental groups are working with Osprey Initiative to install the first Litter Gitters in the Tampa Bay area.

The device works as a trash trap to intercept litter and funnel it into a cage.

The trash can then be collected, recycled, and analyzed. Local groups will be able to use the data to identify where the waste is coming from and how to minimize pollution.

The effort is part of the Trash Free Waters Program.

So far three have been deployed between Hillsborough, Manatee and Pinellas counties.

This story originally appeared on FOX13 Tampa Bay by Tony Sadiku. View the original story here.


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The patented Litter Gitter is a tactical in-stream litter collection device used to intercept floating litter from stormwater runoff. The Osprey team handles all aspects of installing and maintaining these “trash traps” and compiles data on the items caught in them, recycling as much of the litter as possible.