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The Catch: Robots Tackle Shoreline Trash

The Catch: Robots Tackle Shoreline Trash
December 19, 2022 GLN Editor

Broadcasting in our monthly PBS television program, The Catch is a Great Lakes Now series that brings you more news about the lakes you love. Go beyond the headlines with reporters from around the region who cover the lakes and drinking water issues. Find all the work HERE.


This month, The Catch features a story about high tech helpers studying and removing plastic pollution.

Zaria Johnson of Ideastream Public Media talks about a new fleet of remote-controlled robots coming to Great Lakes shorelines in spring of 2023. The bots will collect plastic pollution from both the shoreline and the water as part of a larger binational effort called the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup initiative.

“When beachgoers are coming and going and seeing these robots driving down the beach or floating in the lake,” Johnson said. “It’ll just spark that conversation and inspire people to look at their plastic use and plastic pollution a little differently.”


Catch more news at Great Lakes Now: 

The Catch: The Latest on Enbridge Line 3

The Catch: Secrets of Lake Mendota


Featured image: As part of a binational effort called the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup, beachgoers might start noticing remote-controlled robots picking up trash along the shorelines of the Great Lakes. (Photo courtesy of Meijer)

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