Scientists are now using drones to help reduce the growing issue of plastic spreading across the ocean. People produce about 300 million tons of plastic every year, and at least 8 million of this ends up in our oceans. Utilizing drones to combat this problem can help save ocean life and reduce toxins in the environment.
The drones have cameras that map the location of plastic pollution through software and image recognition. The drones identify the type of plastic, size, and even the brand or source of the trash.
"Drones are a game changer for environmental monitoring. They allow us to survey an entire stretch of coastline in a few minutes. Ellipsis technology can automatically detect 47 categories of trash items with more than 95% accuracy," says Ellie Mackay, Ellipsis founder, and CEO.
Drones allow for a safe reach out into the ocean to collect data and clean up the sea for a better world.