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Carroll Gardens Dad On A Mission To Free Local Trees Of Snagged Plastic Bags

Carroll Gardener Taylor Mali in action on Court Street, removing snagged plastic bags.
(images via You Tube)
Carroll Gardener and dad Taylor Mali has been on a mission of late. He has been going around the neighborhood snagging plastic bags out of trees with his homemade telescoping “Snatchelator”.

How amazing is that? 
Those ensnarled plastic bags sometimes hang from tree limps for months if not years, creating eyesores all over our lovely neighborhood and City. It is wonderful that Taylor has taken the initiative to remove them from our street trees.

Taylor’s wife Rachel contacted PMFA to tell us about her husband’s great community service. She writes:
“My husband Taylor and I live on Union Street and he knows that I have a deep, almost obsessive hatred of plastic getting caught in the neighborhood’s beautiful trees. I’m constantly picking up plastic trash when I see it blowing around because I’m afraid it will end up snagged on branches.

So as my Hanukkah present, Taylor went to Lowe’s and bought a telescoping grappling hook thingy, which he modified into something he calls the “snatchelator”, which he uses to snatch plastic out of tree branches. I posted about it on a couple local Facebook BoCoCa pages and people started sending us reports of trees that needed help, and now we take the kids and occasionally make the rounds, removing the bags we can reach (the snatchelator has a reach of about 28 feet, so we’ve been defeated by bags that are more than 3 stories high or things like balloons, that are hanging on by a string).


It’s such a great service to the neighborhood and probably the coolest present I’ve ever gotten, even if it’s not exactly romantic!

Here is a video Taylor made of him snagging bags this morning from the Bradford pear outside the Mormon meeting center on Court St. Enjoy!”


If you happen to see Taylor on the streets of Carroll Gardens with his snatchelator in hand, make sure to thank him for liberating our trees of plastic.


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