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Impact of floatables (trash) on local waterways:

Pose public safety concern (obstruct flow of water and cause flooding)
Pose public health concern (sharps, infectious items)
Cause loss of use (swimming, fishing, etc.)
Cause adverse economic impacts on recreation and business
Reduce aesthetic quality of waterways and shorelines
Kill and injure wildlife (entanglements, ingestion)
Pose boating and swimming hazards
Source: Newman, T.L., II; Leo, W.M.; and Gaffoglio, R. (2000a) Characterization of Urban-Source Floatables. Collection Systems Wet Weather Pollution Control; Looking into Public, Private and Industrial Issues, May 2000, Rocherster, NY. Water Environment Federation, CD-ROM.

Characterization of floatables (trash) in waterways:

Sensitive items, such as syringes, drug paraphernalia, baby diapers
Paper (coated/waxed), such as milk cartons, drink cups, candy wrappers
Paper (cigarette), such as cigarette butts, cigarettes
Paper (other), such as Newspaper, cardboard, napkins
Plastic, such as spoons, straws, sandwich bags, resin pellets
Polystyrene, such as cups, packing material, soda bottle labels
Metal/foil, such as soft drink cans, gum wrappers
Rubber pieces from automobiles or toys
Glass, such as bottles, light bulbs
Wood, such as popsicle sticks, coffee stirrers
Cloth/fabric from clothing, seat covers, flags
Miscellaneous other items such as, citrus peels, foam, etc.
Source: Burton and Pitt, 2002. Stormwater Effects Handbook: A Toolbox for Watershed
Managers, Scientists and Engineers. Lewis Publishers, New York.


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