What’s a Litter Gitter?

A Litter Gitter is a tactical in-stream litter collection device, made by Osprey Initiative, used to intercept floating litter from stormwater runoff.

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.

There are two Litter Gitters in the Catawba River Basin: one at Freedom Park in Charlotte and the other at Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill, SC. A third location is being added on Duharts Creek in Gastonia, NC in the fall of 2021.

After every rain event, the Litter Gitters are cleaned out by volunteer crews. The crew sorts the trash and collects data to track sources and solutions. The Litter Gitter crew recycles as much as possible.

Become a Litter Gitter Crew Member!

You can help maintain these trash traps as a volunteer Litter Gitter Crew Member! Read our volunteer guide to learn how volunteers support the Litter Gitter program.

Fill out the volunteer form below to indicate your interest in the Litter Gitter program.