A device that collects, analyzes, and profoundly reduces storm drain debris entering our sewage systems and oceans – to eliminate downstream waste and translate it into data, employment and marketing opportunities that drive upstream solutions to complex municipal waste challenges at scale.
From municipal priorities, to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we invite potential partners to help envision how to maximize the impact of the Moses Filter initiative locally, regionally and globally.
Storm Drain Pollution
100% of waste that comes into our storm drains ends in our oceans, negatively impacting our marine ecosystem and overall safety.
At least 120 billion cigarette butts end in our oceans via storm drains
One million seabirds are killed by ocean pollution each year
Over a 100 million marine animals are killed each year due to plastic debris in the sea
Water contamination by needles, plastic, cigarette butts, harmful chemicals, drugs, etc.
Storm drain pollution is the number one
cause of home disasters.
The number one cause of motor vehicle accidents in British Columbia is hydroplaning from flooded or blocked storm drains.
Debris is filling at the bottom of the catch basin, and with excessive rainfall, debris is entering our sewers and contaminating our oceans.
North American patent-pending, our replaceable and recyclable BPA-FREE plastic filter is an alternative to the over 150 lb. grates that dominate municipal street drains today.
Early tests demonstrate that Moses Filter catches nearly 100% of debris entering storm drains including top littered items identified by Greenpeace Canada: bottles and caps, food wrappers, cups and lids, straws and stir sticks, needles, foam pieces, bags, cutlery, food packaging, etc. We are also working with construction companies and developers to address dangerous sediment debris around construction sites.
Upstream Analysis & Data
By analyzing debris based on type, quantity, frequency, location, and demographics, we will provide municipalities with complete data on the debris flowing through their current systems, enabling them to apply new insights to their upstream priorities including: food waste, sustainable consumption, reusing materials, and construction sites.
Customized Employment & IWAA
Through customized employment of marginalized groups and Individuals with All Abilities, Moses provides more socially responsible and affordable storm drain maintenance service.
IWAA workers would earn around double their average hourly rates to maintain Moses Filters, and municipalities would spend less than half the current cost of storm drain grates maintenance.
Collaborating with influential corporations who are some of the highest reported contributors to litter to customize filter implementation at targeted store locations and leverage the resulting data to improve their supply chains.
High profile stories often solely document problematic contributions to waste by key stakeholders. Through measurable outcomes, impact reports and storytelling about successful collaborations with our municipal and corporate partners who access large audiences, we will inspire and enable informed, tangible action that can transform critical behaviors at every level.
Moses Filter has undergone one year of testing with multiple designs and storm drains throughout Metro Vancouver.
Several Canadian municipalities are providing full access to civil engineering schematics and storm drain access for prototyping, testing and implementation of Moses Filters, while science facilities provide debris analysis facilities and assistance in-kind.
With manufacturing pipelines established, we are pursuing $20,000 in additional seed funding to continue large scale prototyping that will enable us to make our designs more cost-effective, structure source data, and expand to BC's thirty unique storm drain configurations.
At full readiness, a pilot group of municipalities, companies, and schools will implement Moses Filters, maintenance services and data analysis.
Vancouver, BC Canada