An innovative company has created a drone that sucks garbage from water. The WasteShark™ collects plastics, microplastics and floating debris by moving through water and collecting them in its body. This technology is a big step toward reducing plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways.

Created by RanMarine, the WasteShark™ was modeled after another efficient large feeder, the whale shark. The drone can hold 200 liters of trash and work for 16 hours a day. Its technology tests and monitors the water for trash, chemicals and alien plant species. Then it moves around collecting the trash for disposal.

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The WasteShark™ can be used via remote control or set in advance to follow a map. The drone is most effective in harbors, canals and rivers. In other words, waterways that are vulnerable to trash. It wouldn’t be as effective in oceans, instead the intent is to get the trash removed from waterways that lead into oceans.

South Africa native and creator Richard Hardiman calls himself an “accidental environmentalist.” He was inspired by pool skimmers and looking at trash in canals. Now his product is used in Dubai, Southeast Asia and Europe.

Watch the WasteShark™ in action!

“With a smart vacuum cleaner, the aim is to sweep up dust the whole time so you never have to see it. “With these drones, the idea is that they constantly clean up the water so you never see a buildup of waste. The more you do that, the less waste sinks to the bottom and ultimately gets swept out into the ocean,” says Hardiman.

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Plastic is still an enormous problem around the globe. Read about ways people are helping to stop plastic consumption. Facebook banned water bottles. California is working on legislation to reduce single use plastic.

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