CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Frog Creek Partners is an environmental technology company working to make the world’s waters safer.
A "Gutter Bin" in a storm drain with the grate removed collecting trash in Casper, Wyo. on Thursday, May 21, 2020.
Based in Casper, it was founded in 2016 by Brian Deurloo. He invented its main products, the “Gutter Bin” and “Mundus Bag.”
“The ‘Gutter Bin’ is a catch basin filter insert. It goes into a storm drain. So when it rains, it’s capturing the cigarette butts, the straws, the heavy metals, hydrocarbons right there at the storm drain,” Deurloo said.
The waste is filtered into the “Mundus Bag,” which catches large items and some microplastics while letting water through.
Frog Creek Partners makes two types of “Mundus Bags.” One can have trash vacuumed out. The other gets thrown away by the trash bag.
Deurloo said capturing waste is vital. He cited a University of Newcastle in Australia study, which said people consume about 5 grams of plastic per week, which is about equivalent to the amount of plastic in a credit card.
“This is a problem,” he said. “Stormwater pollution was happening before coronavirus, during coronavirus and it’s going to happen after. If we don’t do something about this it’s going to be a big problem.”
He said “Gutter Bins” are currently in use in about 20 cities and hopes to continue expanding.
“I want to build a better world for my daughter and her children. That’s why I do it,” Deurloo said.
Frog Creek Partners recently entered the Wyoming Invest Now program. It allows the company to accept investments from any Wyoming investor regardless of accreditation.