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The Great Lakes are awash in plastic. Can robots and drones help?

Elsa Wenzel of GreenBiz reports on plastic-collecting robots.

The C3 Take
  • Meijer supermarkets is investing $1 million into plastic collecting robots on the beaches of the Great Lakes.
  • One of these robots, called the BeBot, is solar powered and sifts through sand to collect up to 25 pounds of debris.
  • The PixieDrone navigates the water and uses Light Detection and Ranging to filter more than 40 gallons worth of plastic pollution.
  • Private sector investments are making environmental progress.

“Some 22 million pounds of plastic enter the five nation-sized lakes each year, according to modeling by the Rochester Institute of Technology. That threatens the health of the 137 native fish species, including lake trout, walleye and bass, as well the humans and other creatures that eat them. Petroleum plastics are inherently unhealthy if ingested, but they concentrate other pollutants, too.”

Read the full article here.

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