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Aquatic ‘Seabins’ Are Tracking and Clearing Plastics from Philadelphia’s Rivers

Kimberly Paynter
Seabin’s trash collecting device sucks debris and bottles out of the Schulykill River at a demonstration at Bertram’s Gardens in Philadelphia on June 7, 2022.

Plastic water bottles make up half of all trash floating in Philadelphia’s rivers and streams. Then, there are the “micro-plastics” – tiny pieces we don’t always see. WHYY’s Susan Phillips reports a new pilot project aims to collect and count these pollutants using aquatic trash bins.

(Original air-date: 6/18/22)