Two additional trash traps installed in the city of Toledo

Brute Bin trash trap is installed in the Ottawa River. (City of Toledo)

TOLEDO, Ohio — Trash in our waterways has been an issue for decades. And now, the city of Toledo is expanding one of their solutions to preventing that garbage from flowing downriver.

On Tuesday, the installation of a Brute Bin trash trap in the Ottawa River took place as part of the 2020 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative’s Trash Free Waters Program. The EPA grant was approximately $414,000 for the installation of seven traps in total.

An additional trap was added in March of this year to downtown Toledo, where Swan Creek flows into the Maumee River. The bins measure 20 feet in length and 8 feet in width. They have floating booms in the front, which direct trash into the trap. It is expected that the traps will be cleaned every other week and after major rainfalls. More will be added soon.

For a map of the current trash traps, click here. And to learn more about this year’s Earth Day in the city of Toledo, visit

City of Toledo Department of Urban Beautification Commissioner Dennis Kennedy was on hand this morning to highlight the 24 refuse and recycling drop-off events planned for this year in the city. The inaugural event will be held Saturday, April 23rd at The Toledo Zoo, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.



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