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Mr. Trash Wheel Plucks 5 Million Cigarettes — and a PYTHON — from Baltimore Harbor

posted: 08/05/15
by: Danny Clemens
Water wheel python
Adam Lindquist/Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore

Fan favorite Mr. Trash Wheel has been hard at work over the past year. The solar-powered water wheel has removed nearly 300 tons of garbage from Baltimore's Inner Harbor, including 5,700,000 cigarette butts, 400 sports balls and 81,000 plastic grocery bags.

Now, the Chesapeake region's most beloved sustainability project has yet another notable collection to add to its list: a live python.

The snake was discovered slithering on the barge early Wednesday afternoon. Officials from the National Aquarium, which sits on the Inner Harbor, have since assumed custody of the animal, which is said to be "alive and well and in good hands."

Waterfront Partnership manages the water wheel, which is part of a larger plan to make Baltimore's Inner Harbor swimmable and fishable by 2020. Powered by renewable energy sources, the wheel scoops up to 50,000 pounds of floating garbage out of the water each day, depositing trash into a dumpster for proper disposal.

The organization is currently raising funds to install a second water wheel in Baltimore's Canton neighborhood.

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