Between June-December 2019, the LittaTrap™ unit caught a total of 473 gross pollutants. Almost 60 percent of all pollutants were cigarettes.
EnviroPod™ are currently in the process of a yearlong trial with the City of Barrie, placing a single LittaTrap™ unit outside a pedestrian hotspot on Dunlop Street. The yearlong trial will allow EnviroPod™ to identify patterns such as the busiest months and monitor the snow melt period. The snowmelt period has been identified by EnviroPod™ as the busiest in Canada for trash capture, and the trial will help EnviroPod™ identify this.
Between June-December 2019, the LittaTrap™ unit caught a total of 473 gross pollutants. Almost 60 per cent of all pollutants were comprised of cigarettes. They continue their trend across all LittaTrap™ trials as the number one pollutant of our waterways. The rest of the loading was made up of plastic food wrappers, confetti, chewing gum, polystyrene and a hypodermic needle. These pollutants all cause significant damage to our waterways, specifically hypodermic needles. As toxic pollutants, it is critical to remove them from our waterways going forward. The Barrie trial highlights the significant quantities of toxic pollutants currently reaching our waterways.
During this time frame, EnviroPod™ was also able to establish a connection between the season and the total number of pollutants reaching the LittaTrap™. The summer months (June-September) received significantly higher loadings than the winter months (October-December). This highlights the need for increased LittaTrap™ usage and more public awareness campaigns on proper trash management practices during the busier summer months.