Latin America’s first renewable fuel-powered garbage truck clears one of Panama’s dirtiest rivers.
A local environmental group led the pollution control effort.
The wheels are powered by water and solar energy. Extract waste from the Juan Diaz River. Most of the waste comes from the Panama City metropolitan area, which is home to approximately 2 million people. Thousands of kilograms of garbage flow down rivers into the ocean every year.
Robert Getman is the project lead.
“cleaning beach good,” he said. cheap to trap garbage Because reaching the sea would have too high environmental and economic costs. “
Environmental group Marea Verde launched a wheel named Wanda Diaz in late September. By mid-October, Wanda had collected her 28.6 cubic meter plastic bottle of water.
The Juan Diaz River is one of the most polluted rivers in Panama. Waste systems in the area are poor and land development is poorly supervised. The river also passes through Panama City, he one of the largest cities in Central America.
Still, the waterway and its mangrove trees are home to lizards, turtles, and birds.
For more than five years, the Marea Verde Project has slowed the spread of garbage along Panama’s rivers and coastline.
Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, the group launched its ‘Barrier or Trash’ technology, a floating device. From 2019 to 2020 he collected more than 100 tons of waste on the Matias Hernandez River.
Baltimore Bay’s “Trash Wheel” in the United States was the model for Marea Verde’s Wanda Machine. Wanda also has a camera artificial intelligence Recognized, Sorting different plastics.
“We want to raise awareness that we can prevent the death of this very important river,” said Marea Verde leader Sandy Wattenberg. She expressed her hope that her wheels would help.
But she also pointed out that people who use single-use plastic need to reconsider their behavior.
“Most importantly, achieve change of habit,” she said.
I’m Katie Weaver.
Elida Moreno reported the story to Reuters. Caty Weaver adopted it for her VOA Learning English.
the words of this story
beach –n. An area next to an ocean, lake, or river covered with sand or small rocks
It’s cheap –v. not high
garbage –n. Wasteful things that can be thrown away
artificial intelligence –n. The branch of computer science that deals with giving machines the ability to appear to have human intelligence
Sorting –v. to organize things by separating them, often grouping similar things together
achieve –v. to get or achieve something by working hard
habit –n. something a person does on a regular basis.
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