AWS Trashology - Preface


Plastic Bags captured by Nash Run Trash Trap


Due to the frustration of both AWS and volunteers who have been picking up trash over and over along our river’s shores, I was given a project in 2008 to design and install a trash trap in a small stream called Nash Run that flows through parts of Prince George’s County and the northeast area of Washington, D.C.  The goal is to catch the trash around the mouth of the stream before it is carried into the tidal portion of the Anacostia via Kenilworth Marsh especially during heavy rains.  

In February 2009, my former co-worker Steve McKindley-Ward and I installed the trap and since then AWS has been maintaining, collecting quality data and accumulating good experience through the project.  I now feel that we gained enough valuable knowledge that it's time to disseminate our experience and ideas.  This has inspired me to write a new blog-post series under the title, “AWS Trashology.”  The series will consist of scientific stories based on our on-the-ground activities that we hope others can benefit from.   

Shown below is a list of topics that I am planning to write.  These topics are subject to change as we gather more data. 

Topic 1: What is a #1 trash item found in streams?

Topic 2: Trash Characterization by Number of Trash Pieces

Topic 3: Trash Characterization by Weight of Trash

Topic 4: Trash Characterization by Volume of Trash

Topic 5: Vendor/Producer Survey

Topic 6: Number of Plastic Bags over Time in Nash Run
This topic is already written as a blog article here:
The DC Bag Fee Is Cleaning Up the Anacostia River

Topic 7: Other “trash” items that were not described in this survey

Topic 8: What Trash Items Should be Targeted First

Topic 9: Rainfall and Trash Amount

Topic 10: Solution for Trash Pollution


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