Plastic bags, bottles and other litter aren't just unsightly to look at: they can also add toxic contaminants to waterways and be ingested by animals.


Plastic bags, cigarette butts, beverage bottles and other litter can detract from an area’s beauty, smother plants and bottom-dwelling organisms, add toxic contaminants to the water and be ingested by animals. Watershed organizations around the region engage volunteers in removing litter from waterways, while cities have installed trash traps to capture litter and debris.


The amount of trash, in tons, collected by the Inner Harbor Water Wheel in 2016

Through Project Clean Stream, 73,000 volunteers removed 3.3 million pounds of trash from more than 3,700 cleanup sites last spring. And in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, a water wheel nicknamed "Mr. Trash Wheel" collected 165 tons of trash between January and December of 2016.