What do you see/do to remove trash from the waste stream?
asked 12 February 2016 asked by Nick_at_RH2O (860 points)
Educate, educate, educate! The public needs to be educated to the fact that the toilet is not a subsidiary garbage can. Also, I don't know the policy in your community about street clean-ups, but that also reduced trash loads. Now, as technical solutions, there are mechanical solutions out there to ease the work, but the if you don't reduce the source load, you'll have to deal with the same trash nevertheless.
As with many water system problems, it is best to start at the source of the problems and decrease the incoming trash as much as possible to decrease the efforts that must be made to clean it up by the time it gets into the water systems. To do this, public awareness must be made, after all this does effect taxes paid by every citizen when cleanup costs go up and budgets must be increased to compensate. As far as what can be done at the plant-level, they have updated options to increase efficiency and effectiveness but it may not be in the plant's budget to spend as much as it takes to upgrade the systems, hence the reason most plants have been maintaining the same old outdated equipment used for a long time.