FAQs: The WasteShark
Q: How much trash can one drone collect?
A: The WasteShark has a carrying capacity: 200 litres before it needs to be cleared and sent out to work again.
Q: What do you do with all the trash?
A: We work within the 'collection and hand over' stretch of garbage clearing cycle.
We work with several partners in the recycling industry to take our trash and plastics, sort through it and recycle it. We are actively trying to grow more relationships in new locations.
Q: Is it just a robotic vacuum cleaner for the water?
A: Yes, the more the WasteShark swims the more it cleans. The units are designed with simplicity in mind.
Q: Will the drones get in the way and sink other ships?
A: The drones operate where trash is generally known to collect in harbours, rivers and canals; this is based on known "waste chokeholds" based on tides, weather patterns, wind and shipping movements. All of this tells us predominantly where we can find the trash.
We do not operate in major shipping lanes, in an uncoordinated and indiscriminate manner in high traffic areas and we make sure we are always efficient with how we deploy.
Added to this our drones are visible to shipping traffic in line with maritime laws.
Q: Does the Shark Washes eat fish and other small animals?
A: No. Much like there are very few reports or fishbone "run over" by sailing boats, the fish generally swim away from the vessel. Birds also have the same reaction to the craft and react to it like most other vessels in the water.
Q: Why drones? Surely there are lots of these types of initiatives?
A : There are a number of initiatives that do an amazing job at cleaning up water all around the globe; however it's not enough, if it was we would not have the pollution problem we have. We focus at what we call "at source"; our belief is that if you focus on where the majority of the plastic is coming from then we will start to strangle the feed That ends up in our oceans.
Much like you vacuum continuously to clean your house of dust before it builds up, we want to efficiently and continuously "vacuum" or water, so a build-up of plastics never actually occurs.
Q: Why not concentrate on education rather than cleaning up?
A: We hope that our drones and business:
Promotes awareness of garbage crisis we have in our seas and rivers.
Provides encouragement to other innovators to come up with their own ideas and creative solutions.
Q: What about the gyres plastic and islands?
A: There are amazing projects and ideas happening right now to start dealing with this massive problem. RanMarine Technology is focussing at 'source'. To prevent the trash moving into the gyres.