This little robot is cleaning up our beaches, one cigarette butt at a time

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Cigarette butts are the most common type of beach litter. Cigarette butts are the most common and problematic types of beach litter, polluting marine environments with plastics and harmful chemicals. Robot litter picker, the BeachBot, uses AI to detect trash and help clean up beaches. Plastic makes up most of the waste found on beaches and can harm animals which may get entangled, injured or swallow it. It seems many people leave behind more than just sandcastles when they go home after a trip to the beach. Beach litter is a recurring issue, and it is damaging our coastal environments and wildlife. And there is one small item that is causing a big problem: cigarette butts. They may only be a few centimetres long, but they are full of microplastics and toxic chemicals that harm the marine environment. They don’t easily decompose, and when they come into contact with the water, harmful substances can leach out. Unfortunately, they are also the most common type of litter , with an estimated 4.5 trillion discarded annually. On the hunt for trash Using an artificially intelligent robot, two Dutch entrepreneurs are helping clean up some of the problem. The BeachBot is a […]

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