Robots, other technology, clean up Lake Michigan beaches. Here’s how.

MANITOWOC – Stoves, washing machines and scrap material. These are a few of the things Evan Rinke has pulled out of rivers that flow into Lake Michigan. 

This is Rinke’s first summer operating a marine debris boat, which is used to pick up trash along Lake Michigan’s shoreline. Yet nothing surprises him. 

Not even the picnic table he pulled out of the Manitowoc Harbor earlier this month. 

What worries Rinke more, though, is the amount of plastic he sees every day. 

Every year 22 million pounds of plastic winds up in the Great Lakes – about the same weight as the Eiffel Tower.

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