A beach-based rubbish cleaning robot being developed at Paraparaumu College is one of 35 finalists from around the country in the Conservation Innovation Awards.
The robot, which would have a vision mounted camera, would be able to independently pick up rubbish between the size of a bottle cap and a 3L milk bottle.
The Wall-E 2.0 project is being developed by the college's senior Robotics club students as well as its Societal, Environmental and Animal Rights Action Group (SEAR).
Student Maha Fier says having a beach cleaning robot could potentially change the game for the cluttered path our beaches and oceans are heading towards and can potentially change public perception for everybody to realise that littering is not OK. Ms Fier says her group are currently securing funds for this project.
A prize package of $25,000 will be awarded to each category winner. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in Wellington on November 22.