In an effort to reduce water pollution in London’s Canary Wharf, a plastic-eating robot shark, appropriately named WasteShark, has been deployed to gobble up litter.
WasteShark, created by Aqua Libra, can collected up to 500kg of plastic was, or 22,700 plastic bottles, a day. It can also round up microplastics and other pollutants as it swims through 5km of water before needing to be recharged.
Steve Potts, a spokesperson for Aqua Libra, commented, “ensuring packaging never becomes waste is a core part of our vision. We are excited to be bringing the brilliantly innovated technology to London in partnership with the team at Canary Wharf Group, to help tackle plastic pollution in this revolutionary way.”
The WasteShark is London’s first marine robot designed to remove water waste. WasteShark can also collected data on the water quality during it’s time surveying the area.