Earth911 Podcast, May 17, 2019: The Moses Filter Can Lead Cities to Debris-Free Storm Drains

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The Moses Filter can separate debris from the sea — an environmental priority for cities and suburbs where dirt, leaves, medical sharps, and cigarette butts, among many other materials, clog storm drains and sewage systems. The replaceable, biodegradable filter, invented by Jean-Paul Kamand and his team, is being tested in Vancouver, British Columbia. Kamand joined Earth911’s Sustainability in Your Ear podcast to talk about his alternative to the 150-or-more-lb. grates that dominate city street drains today.

The Moses Filter makes it easy to quickly replace clogged drain gates, helping to preventing hydroplaning, one of the leading causes of auto accidents, and stopping tons of material from reaching local waterways. As more communities take their own environmental impact as their responsibility, products like the Moses Filter offer simple solutions to complex waste capture challenges.

A typical storm drain. The Moses Filter replaces the heavy metal grate with a biodegradable grate that can be quickly removed and replaced.

The Moses Filter catches debris and allows safe, fast replacement by citizens or municipal workers.

During the interview, we discussed a photo of a lobster that appeared to have consumed cigarette butts. It was the product of a student ad campaign and appears to be composed rather than an authentic image. The point of the ad, however, is well taken.

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