's a novel approach to a global problem called Mr. Trash Wheel. It's the City of Baltimore's answer to the scourge of waterborne garbage. Eating at the mouth of the Jones Falls River, it's collected more than a million pounds of trash over three years. Invented and built by local businessman, John Kellett, Mr. Trash Wheel uses solar-powered pumps to satisfy it's insatiable appetite for trash.
>> The weight of the water turns the wheel and the wheel is connected to the conveyor and the rakes. And the conveyor and the rakes are what we use to get the trash out of the river and get it into the dumpster. Fellet says his machine absorbs enough solar power to serve as an internet connection that allows his company to use surveillance cameras and smartphones to control the water wheel remotely and monitor the collection of trash in the dumpster.
>> And it goes to a waste energy facility, where they turn, where they incinerate it to become electricity.>> Adam Lindquist from the Healthy Harbor Initiatives says what Mr. Trashwheel collects constantly surprises.>> By far the number strangest thing we've collected was a live Ball Python. A five-foot long snake native to West Africa.
>> And they're sharing their discoveries with thousands of hungry of followers on twitter and Facebook. Lindquist says that Mr. Trashwheel has become a Baltimore icon. For John Callet, he's a business with worldwide application.>> And we've already have projects and development in Hawaii, Indonesia, Milwaukee, and other places as well.
>> An indication, says John Callet, of a global need to clean up the planet, starting in Baltimore.