We’ve been taught that littering is wrong. Nevertheless, humans still leave litter everywhere.
Cigarette butts and microplastics that roam around on the beach effect the health of sea water, species and eventually our food chain.
We need to challenge ourselves to come up with new solutions to clean the beach and to keep it clean.
Shooting away a cigarette butt, an unconscious act for many smokers, but exemplary of how we as people deal with trash. Around 2000 billion cigarette butts per year are thrown into public spaces worldwide, so a large proportion of them end up on the beaches as well. We feel there is a need to protect nature and shift towards a more sustainable attitude.
Cigarettes do not perish. Every time they end up in the sea, 1 cigarette will poison 500 liters of water per day. And because the plastic filters break into microplastics, they eventually end up in our food circle. So there is a huge need to get them off the beach.
The robot that we develop will drive over the beach and boulevard and can detect and pick up litter. Moreover, with the presence of the robot we want to create awareness on littering.
We decided to focus on small waste, that includes cigarette filters but also various small plastic, because this is what remains with current cleaning facilities, since the tractors that drive around the beach after beach days only take the bulky waste with them.
We are building a standalone robot by the name of BB (Beach Bot).
BB will help to clean the beach and contribute to more awareness about littering.