Debris Tracker is an open data citizen science movement, powered by Morgan Stanley. Join us in creating a bigger picture of the plastic pollution crisis by using the app to report litter wherever you find it, from our oceans to your backyard. Every day, dedicated educational, non-profit, and scientific organizations and passionate citizen scientists from all around the world use the Debris Tracker app to record GPS data on inland and marine debris. To date, Debris Tracker users have contributed 2 million items to our open-data platform, hosted at the University of Georgia and accessible to researchers and curious citizens everywhere. Together we can create a more comprehensive understanding of marine debris and plastic pollution by collecting and sharing data, generating scientific findings, informing policy, and inspiring upstream solutions.

See our website for more information on how to get started or to download data: Debris Tracker is a joint effort of the NOAA Marine Debris Program and the Southeast Atlantic Marine Debris Initiative (SEA-MDI) out of the University of Georgia College of Engineering. Continued use of GPS in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

What’s New

Version 5.5.0

- Favorite Items: Long press the add button on an item to add it to your favorites. Each organization saves your favorites so you always have access to the items you want.
- GPS workaround: Users have reported stalling on the "Looking for gps" screen. This could be due to poor signal. Added the option to cancel adding the item.
- Performance improvements and bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

yinyangslmg ,

Stopped working

Had been working fine for a while, but stopped adding up my submissions for the past 6 months. I’ve deleted & redownloaded and also logged out & relogged in. I’ve tried messaging the company via FB messenger & commenting on their FB post. No response.

Go Lyla Go ,

Update: Needed a reinstall for it to upload

Edit: my issue below was fixed after I reinstalled the app. It now seems to work without issue. Docking one star just for its inconsistent use of uploading, but otherwise the app I feel is great.

This app is easy to use, and everything is laid out nicely, but ultimately doesn’t work at the most important step, uploading your data. As soon as I try to upload my data, it tells me something went wrong and to cancel. I haven’t been able to upload any of the information I collected, making the app currently useless.

Bfo46778 ,

Critically Important App!

Hands off to those at the University of Georgia for creating this app. I’ve found and removed hundreds of pieces of debris so far. Once you start actually paying attention to your environment, you see just how much trash there is. Everyone should have this app not only to clean their local environment but to also help researchers understand where debris is and how it is moving.

App Privacy

The developer, Kyle Johnsen, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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