The Litter Gitter

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Efficient and low impact litter collection device in rivers and shallow waters


Company Name
Osprey Initiative
Mobile, AL, USA
Year Founded
Organization Type
Stage of Development
TRL 8- Scale Up
Value Chain Impact
Collection / Recovery
Chemicals, Waste Management, Packaging


Key Contacts

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Don Bates

Owner and Founder

Don Bates is the owner/founder of Osprey Initiative, LLC and the inventor of the Litter Gitter. A graduate of Millsaps College (B.S. Geology 1992), he has over 25 years of experience in the environmental consulting business. Prior to starting Osprey Initiative, LLC, he was an Executive Vice President for a Southeast Regional Civil Engineering firm where he managed operations for 250 people in 12 offices in 7 states.
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Ellie Mallon

Project Manager

Ellie is from Evergreen, Colorado but spent five years studying and working in the beautiful Mobile, Alabama area. She graduated from Spring Hill College in 2018, where she received a B.S. in Biology. Ellie joined Osprey Initiative in March of 2019 as a Data Analyst and Field Operator.  She is now the lead Project Manager.  She is very passionate about preserving our natural environment and providing people the means to positively interact with the world they live in.
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Sam Eubanks

Field Operations Leader

Sam came to Osprey Initiative in February 2019, bringing with him over a decade’s worth of experience as a U.S. Navy SEAL. A native of Mobile, AL, Sam grew up playing in the ditches near his home, developing a love and respect for nature. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2008 with a B.S. in Ocean Engineering.
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