Trash Trouts are purpose built stormwater litter traps. These traps sit in urban creeks and streams keeping manmade trash from entering main waterways. These devices are built to withstand the rigors of flashy rain events, yet passive enough not to harm the local fauna. Roadside littering accounts for approximately 75% of the trash in our nations waterways. Each time it rains, trash is funneled through our storm drain systems directly into our creeks. No filters or other mechanisms were in place to keep the trash from entering our waterways. Once the trash has entered the water, it will begin the process of photodegradation. Whereby the petroleum based products such as plastics begin to break into smaller pieces known as microplastics. These tiny pieces of trash are in some instances consumed by wildlife with the majority of this debris will go on a journey that will take it through several states and rivers before finally ending up in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does the Trash Trout exacerbate flooding in a waterway?
A: This device is designed to rise as the water rises. With regular maintenance, the trap will not become a flooding hazard.
Q: Will the Trash Trout catch critters living in our waterway?
A: No, the device was designed to be as passive without a top or a bottom to allow creatures to not become trapped.
Q: How often do you need to clean it out?
A: In an urban waterway, you can count on trash being captured each time you have a significant rain event. Clean ups vary depending on rain amounts, it could be weekly or monthly.
Q: What do you do with the plant debris that is captured along with the trash?
A: Once the manmade litter is safely removed, we open the rear gate and the plant debris is allowed to continue its journey down your waterway.
Q: Can I get a Trash Trout for our waterway?
A: Absolutely. Fill out our contact form and we will get back to you soon.
Trash Trout Sponsors
Mud Creek Trash Trout
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina - Pigeon River Fund,
George and Jennifer Hodges - Pisgah Plants Nursery
Biltmore Iron & Metal Company
Alan's Jewelry and Pawn
City of Hendersonville NC
Hominy Creek Trash Trout
Annual sponsorship provided by Zen Tubing in Honor of Jen Ditzler
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
Pigeon River Fund
Pisgah Plants Nursery
Town Branch Trash Trout Jr
Device built by: Eagle Scout Ian Sprouse of BSA Troop #91 Asheville Fence and Asheville GreenWorks
Annual sponsorship provided by: Siteworks Studios and Wedge Brewing Co
Asheville Waste Paper
Smith Mill Creek Trash Trout Jr
Device build by: Eagle Scout Joshua Owen of BSA Troop #58 Asheville Fence and Asheville GreenWorks
Annual sponsorship provided by: New Belgium Brewing Asheville and Southern Appalachian Anglers
Haw Creek Trash Trout Jr
Annual sponsorship provided by: MountainTrue's French Broad RiverKeeper
Hayes Run Creek Trash Trout Jr
Ivy River Partners
Winkler Creek Trash Trout Jr (coming soon)
Sponsorship provided by: The Town of Boone NC and MountainTrue's Watauga RiverKeeper
Pole Creek Trash Trout Jr (coming soon)
Annual sponsorship provided by: Tennoca Construction Co
Sweeten Creek Trash Trout Jr (coming soon)
Annual sponsorship provided by: Hillman Beer and French Broad River Brewing
Wash Creek Trash Trout Jr (coming soon)
Annual sponsorship provided by: City of Hendersonville NC