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Product prevents flow of litter into Satilla River
Nestled on the banks of the Satilla River just miles from the famed Okefenokee Swamp and Georgia’s Golden Isles, the City of Waycross, Ga., has demonstrated a commitment to the environment to become the first city in the state, and second in the nation, to install a Bandalong litter trap to cease the flow of floating trash downstream. The Bandalong litter trap was unveiled on the main city canal leading to the Satilla River to the accolades of community, government officials and state environmentalists.
The project was a collaborative effort.
“A cleaner Satilla River will be the result of persistent local Riverkeepers’ efforts, the city’s desire to clean the Satilla and our ability to secure a grant for such a technically and economically feasible project as the Bandalong litter trap,” said Clarence Billups, Waycross mayor. “The city of Waycross is extremely proud to be in the front ranks of environmental leadership and is committed for the long term to a cleaner Satilla River.”
“Water is one of Georgia’s most important and precious resources,” said Gov. Sonny Perdue. “The litter trap installed by Waycross is a model of stewardship for the state and the nation.”
The purchase of the Bandalong litter trap by the city of Waycross was made possible by environmental infrastructure project loans by the state of Georgia partially financed by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act announced in November 2009 by Perdue.
The Bandalong litter trap utilizes collection baskets so that floating litter and debris captured by the device is retained in the baskets, which can easily be removed and emptied by a crane located on the banks of the canal. This installation is the first in the nation designed with the lift-out baskets system, which works in conjunction with standard public works equipment. Georgia-based Storm Water Systems, North America’s exclusive licensee and manufacturer of the Bandalong, installed the floating litter collecting device on the main city canal leading to the Satilla River in April.