Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Plastics Technology


Remediation Strategy
Plastic Type
Invention Category
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Location Invented

Effectiveness or Ecological Impact

Non-peer-reviewed Effectiveness

The WasteShark can collect up to 350 kg of trash at a time (WasteShark, n.d.). Each unit can spend 16 hours a day on waste collection and/or data collection & transmission (WasteShark, n.d.). Each unit has a swim time of about 7-8 hours (Clancy, 2021). The WasteShark collects about a half ton of garbage in a single shift before needing to be recharged and can cover about 7.45 miles in a shift (Clancy, 2021).


Chomping down on trash: WasteShark collects marine debris. (2018, November 15). KCI.; Cook, E. (2019). WasteShark, a garbage-eating drone, now deployed in Dubai after successful tests in the Netherlands. NaturalNews.Com.; Dormehl, L. (2016, September 14). WasteShark Is an Aquatic Drone With a Taste For Garbage. Digital Trends.; Morjaria, D. (2019). Trash-Eating “Sharks” Are Taking Over Harbors Worldwide. DOGOnews.
Non-peer-reviewed Effectiveness

Clancy, H. (2021). Meet WasteShark, the aquadrone taking a bite out of plastic waste. Greenbiz.; WasteShark. (n.d.). Wevolver. Retrieved November 7, 2022, from


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