The solar-powered WasteShark collects refuse closer to the source: the harbor

There are a number of innovative sustainability projects and philanthropic organizations dedicated to making our oceans garbage-free. While these efforts are successful in reducing plastic waste, they are limited by their retroactive behavior. They do not prevent waste from reaching open seas. A new invention catches waste before it reaches deeper waters:  WasteShark, a garbage drone from RanMarine Technology, collects trash at the source.

The waste-management drone is solar-powered and capable of 24-hour operation. Equipped with sensors and cameras to avoid passing water traffic, WasteShark’s behavior is also environmentally dependent. The drone learns the most effective routes to maximize trash collection from harbors, rivers and canals, while routinely sending data to Port Authorities regarding water quality and weather.

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