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Trash Boats

Waterway trash and debris collection boats

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ELASTEC Trash Boat

Elastec manufactures marine-grade aluminum trash collection boats to skim floating debris in harbors and protected waterways. Designed to be easily maneuverable in hard to reach areas, the 23 ft boat has an inverted bow to usher litter into its 98 cu ft trash basket. The vessel can also be used for a wide variety of marine maintenance duties from its spacious 8 x 11 ft work platform.

Manufactured in the USA

ELASTEC Trash Boats are manufactured in our Carmi, Illinois, USA facility. Easy to operate, trash is skimmed from the water’s surface at an optimum speed of 2 to 3 mph (1 -2 knots). The captured debris floats in the trash basket adding no weight to the boat, keeping the draft shallow. Removal is easy as the basket features strengthened corner points with lifting positions and shackles for crane hoisting. Wheeled fenders allow the craft to operate along quay walls where trash is most likely to collect.

Low Maintenance and Multi-Functional

The ELASTEC Trash Boat has minimal maintenance requirements as there are no complicated hydraulics or belts to service. Propulsion is provided by a single outboard. The unique pod design between the catamarans allows the trash basket to be removed or covered with deck plates offering a spacious platform for conducting marine maintenance tasks. The Elastec trash boat can be customized to meet the specific needs of any water maintenance distric.

Stay in compliance with the Clean Water Act

ELASTEC Trash Boats assist Combined Sewer System Managers in meeting Clean Water Act standards, aid in the reduction of unsightly floating pollutants in waterways and help protect aquatic ecosystems. Marine litter and debris control is an emerging environmental issue as a result stormwater runoff and U.S. EPA Clean Water Act requirements.

Of primary concern are municipalities with Combined Sewer Systems (CSS) which means that wastewater and stormwater flow together in a single pipe. During heavy rain events, stormwater runoff can cause the sewer system to reach maximum capacity and overflow into  waterways. This is called a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO). Some of the excess water flows out into the waterway and so does the trash.  Floating debris such as Styrofoam, plastic bottles and cigarette butts create health risks, kill marine life and cause flooding.

ELASTEC Trash Boats used in Chicago River

Trash Skimming Boat Waterway Maintenance Solution

Elastec developed a solution for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) to comply with a U.S. and Illinois EPA Consent Decree. To help keep the Chicago River along its riverwalks clean and beautiful, Elastec and MWRD worked together to develop two custom trash collection boats. MWRD requested a simple design, with few moving parts and easy to operate. Aptly named, the Skimmy Dipper and the Skim Pickens, the boasts are designed for daily trash skimming in hard to reach areas near Navy Pier and along seven miles of the river.

The MWRD is located primarily within the boundaries of Cook County, Illinois serving an 883 square mile area which includes the City of Chicago and 125 suburban Chicago Trash Boat Case Studycommunities. The MWRD owns and operates one of the world’s largest water reclamation plants and treats an average of 1.4 billion gallons of wastewater each day. The MWRD controls 76.1 miles of the Chicago Areas Waterways (CAWS), which are part of the inland waterway system connecting the Great Lakes with the Gulf of Mexico.

Elastec has also designed trash collection boats for the City of Waco, Texas and the City of Austin, Texas’ Watershed Protection Departments.

For detailed specifications,request information, and an Elastec representative with contact you within 48 hours from receipt of your request.

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