Become a “Litter Gitter Getter” & support Litter Gitter devices in Central Alabama

For over a decade, a number of Greater Birmingham entities have worked together on a plan to install in-stream litter collection devices in urban streams.

Osprey Initiative, the creator of the “litter gitter” device, emerged as a new company, and in December 2019, the first Birmingham litter gitter was installed in Valley Creek, thanks to River Network, Coca-Cola Foundation, the City of Birmingham, and other partners. In April 2020, the EPA awarded Freshwater Land Trust a $500,000 grant to fund six litter gitters for three years.

To continue the fight against litter in our local waterways, support from community partners is critical – we need more Litter Gitter Getters and the installation of more devices to combat litter effectively.

This project is focused specifically in the Greater Birmingham area as litter from stormwater systems finds its way into urban streams. In 2017, ALDOT spent $6.8 million to clean up trash on roadways, and Alabama was ranked as the 16th dirtiest state in the 2014 American State Litter Scorecard. Getters getting litter gitters will help make Alabama a cleaner state.

Getters will be listed as project supporters on this page, as well as on presentations and proposals to potential funders. Getters are also encouraged to help recruit additional supporters.

Thank you to our current Litter Gitter Getters!

Alabama Rivers Alliance
Bham Now – Birmingham’s modern media
Black Warrior Riverkeeper
Cahaba Riverkeeper
City of Bessemer
City of Birmingham
City of Birmingham Stormwater
City of Homewood
City of Mountain Brook
City of Vestavia Hills
Coosa Riverkeeper
Creative Concepts
Drummond Company, Inc.
Eagle Solar & Light
Freshwater Land Trust
Friends of Shades Creek
Jefferson County Commission
Jefferson County Department of Health
Let Rivers Flow
Maestro Maintenance
Orchestra Partners
River Network
UAB’s Department of Sustainability
Village Creek Society
Sonia Aya
Todd Brown
Anne Cowin
Chip Cowin
Tiffany Eichelberger
Paul Freeman
Kathy and Scott Green
Jerry Griffies
William Harris
Tay Hawkins
Gottfried Kibelka
Jim Kimble
Cindy and Cliff Martin
Lindsay Mims
Michael Pope
Dr. Julie Price, UAB
Buddy Vines
Ashley Westfield

To learn more or add your name as a Litter Gitter Getter, contact Sally LaRue at

Read more about Birmingham’s first litter gitter here: