Mr. Trashwheel
Photo by Chesapeake Bay Program, via Flickr

The public can now vote online to name Baltimore’s fourth trash wheel. The to-be-named trash interceptor will be installed at the mouth of the Gwynns Falls in November. 

“We asked the public to submit potential names last October and trash wheel fans truly delivered. We sifted through thousands of extremely creative submissions and whittled it down to the top four,” Adam Lindquist, director of the Waterfront Partnership’s Healthy Harbor Initiative, said in a statement.  

The public can visit to vote for their favorite name. The selected name will be announced once the trash wheel is installed in November. The names in the running are:  

·         Doctor Gwynn, Trash Wheel (Nickname: Doctor Trash Wheel) 

·         Gwynda the Good Wheel of the West (Nickname: Gwynda Trash Wheel) 

·         Inspector Gwynn Trash Wheel (Nickname: Inspector Trash Wheel) 

·         Lady Gwynnevere Trashington (Nickname: Lady Trash Wheel) 

The Gwynns Falls trash wheel will be the largest trash wheel built by Clearwater Mills, the Pasadena-based company that invented the technology. It will have a grappling arm to help move large debris and a canopy covered by 72 solar panels. It will use solar and hydropower to turn a water wheel that powers rakes and a conveyor belt to lift trash from the water and deposit it into a dumpster barge. The project also includes a kayak gate that will provide boating access to the stream.   

The Maryland Port Administration, Baltimore City Department of Public Works, Baltimore County, Weller Development, Continental Realty Corporation, South Baltimore Gateway Partnership, and Wheelabrator Technologies have contributed to the funding of the new trash wheel. In all, the device is expected to cost $820,000 to build and an additional $180,000 to cover annual operating and maintenance costs.