Trash Titan

Chad Pregracke, 38, a Mississippi River legend, spends nine months a year hauling heavy-duty litter out of waterways with a crew of 12. In March, he told CNN he’s yanked up 218 washing machines, 19 tractors, four pianos and nearly 1,000 refrigerators — totaling more than 3,500 tons of trash — and has collected the world’s largest array of bottles with messages inside (63).