As you know, we already have our hand powered Trommels out and about doing their thing. These guys are lightweight, durable, perfect for both hard to reach beaches and offer a solution to confined pollution on small and medium-sized beaches. However, through multiple studies and from the machines we have dotted around already we know that further action is needed.
We need to create a machine to deal with the most severe pollution on the largest beaches. Each version will get better until we create a machine capable of dealing with the conditions of any sandy beach.
2019 see’s us developing this machine. We believe the only way to tackle a truly global problem is to create a global solution. That’s why we are creating our biggest, meanest soldier in the fight against ocean plastics yet – whilst being kind to the incredibly delicate and important ecosystem we are trying to protect.
This machine will be created with a number of criteria in mind…
1. To be universally towed by a quad bike, UTV, 4 x 4, and tractor.
2. To create a negligible environmental impact, outweighed by the removal of plastic from the ecosystem.
3. To be able to remove all plastic between 0.065mm and 5mm and to make it far easier to remove above 5mm.
4. To be efficient and quick, allowing us to recover the plastic deposited in the Plastic Accumulation Zone (PAZ) on a beach.
This machine will not only be able to sort and process nurdles. But using a nano-plastic separator be able to remove plastic down to 0.065mm in size.
Machine Version 1: Will be created to remove the most serious pollution in the South of England – Watergate Bay (North Cornwall), Tregantle Beach (East Cornwall), and Hayling Island (Southampton) back to their original ecological state.
Machine Version 2: Will incorporate a plough or brush, to triple the area cleaned in one beach visit.
Machine Version 3: Will introduce our revolutionary nano-plastic recovery, to capture plastics as small as sand.
Machine Version 4: We will introduce our separation method, to get separate all plastics from organic material (sticks and seaweed).
We’ve jotted up our first images of what this beast will look like and we’re absolutely thrilled to get underway with testing of certain design aspects this week.