What’s a trash trap?

A trash trap is a tactical in-stream litter collection device, used to intercept floating litter from stormwater runoff. We use several different brands of trash traps including Osprey Initiative and Trash Trout.

They look like this:

When it rains, litter and other types of pollution that harm aquatic life and degrade water quality runoff intro creeks through storm drains. Polluted stormwater runoff is the leading cause of pollution in our surface waters.

Trash traps can be found in several locations in the Catawba River Basin:
– Little Sugar Creek at Freedom Park in Charlotte, NC
– Steele Creek at Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill, SC
– Duharts Creek in Gastonia, NC
– Mill Creek in Old Fort, NC near Hillman Beer

After every rain event, the trash traps are cleaned out by Catawba Riverkeeper staff with assistance from volunteer crews. The crew sorts the trash and collects data to track sources and solutions. The crew recycles as much as possible.

Become a Trash Trap Crew Member!

You can help maintain these trash traps as a volunteer Trash Trap Crew Member! Read our volunteer guide to learn how volunteers support this important litter abatement program.