Bandalong Litter Trap
Washington D.C. has demonstrated its commitment to the environment and clean water with the purchase and installation of the nation’s first Bandalong Litter Trap™. Storm Water Systems, North America’s exclusive licensee of the Bandalong Litter Trap, installed the floating litter collecting device in the Watts Branch tributary into the Anacostia River, well-known for its critical levels of pollution and litter.
The Bandalong Litter Trap in Washington D.C. is funded by a grant obtained through the collaboration of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), Groundwork Anacostia River DC (GWARDC), and the Anacostia Riverkeeper. As an educational and training project, GWARDC staff and volunteers will continue to work with the DDOE to maintain and empty the Bandalong. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments estimates that more than 20,000 tons of trash enters the Anacostia River every year. As a result of the strides that Groundwork Anacostia staff and a multitude of dedicated volunteers has made in removing more than 5,500 pounds of trash before it reached the river in 2011, another litter trap has been added along the tributary at Marvin Gaye Park in northeast DC and an additional traps will be installed in the coming new year.