For Immediate Release
Jarrett Carter Sr.
BALTIMORE (April 25, 2018) – BGE welcomed 'TED,' also known as Trash Elimination Device, to south Baltimore today. TED is a waste collection system that keeps litter from more than 60 acres of storm water runoff out of the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River, which is listed as impaired for trash by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Since its initial pilot run in November 2017, TED has collected more than 450 pounds of trash.
"TED is a great example of how private interests can align with the public good," said Calvin G. Butler, chief executive officer of BGE. "I'm proud of the BGE employees who went above and beyond to develop an innovative solution that is so beneficial to our neighbors and to the Chesapeake Bay. They truly exemplify our purpose of powering a cleaner and brighter future for our customers and communities."
Working with partners from KCI Technologies, Inc. and Clearwater Mills, LLC, creators of Mr. Trash Wheel, BGE employees volunteered their time and expertise to develop TED with a goal of improving the water quality and appearance of the shoreline adjacent to the company's Spring Gardens campus in south Baltimore.
"We're always mindful of the ways BGE can be a positive example of corporate environmental stewardship," said Michael Martino, a BGE gas operator who conceptualized and helped to design TED. "Baltimore is an amazing city and deserves all of our best work in making sure that it remains beautiful for generations to come."
TED sits at an open swale at the end of the Heath Street storm water drain, capturing runoff debris from South Baltimore. Powered by solar energy, TED moves along a rail system and empties collected trash into a dumpster, which is then taken to a nearby Wheelabrator energy-from-waste facility.
BGE's commitment to environmental stewardship aligns with the goals of its parent company, Exelon Corporation. Exelon is the number one zero-carbon energy provider in America and the company has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 12 consecutive years. For seven consecutive years, BGE has been named an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. In addition, BGE's annual BGE Green Grants program helps local nonprofits fund projects or programs that demonstrate a commitment to the environment. Since 2013, more than $1.6 million in Green Grants have been distributed to hundreds of nonprofits.
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