The first garbage collection device funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Trash Free Great Lakes grant will open on Tuesday, May 22nd.
Media representatives can view the installation at 9 a.m. from the east side of the Menards car park at 1415 East Alexis Rd.
“Every year around 2,500 tons of rubbish migrate through our waterways and out into Lake Erie,” said Ed Moore, Toledo Director of Public Utilities. “Thanks to a new partnership and federal funding, this number will soon be reduced. Too much rubbish ends up in the water and then carried into the lake, and this project will help prevent that. “
The city of Toledo received nearly $ 415,000 in federal grants to install seven garbage collection devices in waterways within five miles of Lake Erie. Some of the money will also be used to improve education and publicity activities, as well as events on the negative effects of garbage on our health and the local economy.
A garbage collector, also known as a garbage trap, is a mechanical system consisting of a floating boom and net that funnels and collects floating debris before it can reach primary waterways such as streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans.
The City of Toledo is working with Partners for Clean Streams, the University of Toledo, Keep Toledo-Lucas County Beautiful, the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, and Toledo Public Schools over a two-year period to deliver the project.