Designing a Machine for Picking Up Litter Along Minnesota Highways

Status:  Complete
Report Date:  07/17/2008


Collecting trash by hand along highway shoulders and medians in the Twin Cities metropolitan area costs about $2 million per year, is time-consuming and presents serious safety hazards for MnDOT workers. Investigators designed a prototype "trash harvester" for picking up litter in grassy areas. While this prototype did not perform to MnDOT expectations and will not be commercialized at this time, it provides a starting point for further research, design and testing.

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