Osprey Initiative removes 100,000 pounds of floating litter

Mobile, Ala. – Osprey Initiative, a Mobile-based environmental contractor, marked a major milestone recently – 100,000 pounds of floating litter removed from the waters.

Osprey is the owner of three litter collection devices used to intercept floating litter from stormwater runoff: the Litter Gitter, Litter Interceptor, and Litter Boom. The team works with partners in nine states to install, maintain, and collect data from these devices. Osprey started collecting data in 2017.

“We are very fortunate that our partners and sponsors have funded our work to achieve this goal,” said Don Bates, owner and president of Osprey Initiative. “This is predominantly floatable litter that is very visible and directly impacts our waterways.”  

There are currently 42 Litter Gitter sites across eight states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina.The Osprey team approach also includes tactical cleanups in areas they identify as “litter hotspots,” with the team even giving back some of their time to improve the communities in which they have sites.

“A critical part of our mission is to always make sure we are adding value to the areas that we work,” Bates said. “With our Give Five program and the basic expectation of our employees to be ambassadors and educators about the work we do, our team is conducting a critical role in improving and enhancing our waterways.”

You can support Osprey Initiative’s efforts by purchasing items from their product line, including sustainable bags, recycled glass jewelry, and more. Five percent of all revenues help fund future litter cleanup efforts.

Learn more about the Osprey mission, team, and litter collection devices at www.osprey.world.


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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.