Bobcat claims its SC200 sand cleaner attachment has shown it can be a powerful weapon against the threat posed by plastic and other waste in seas and on beaches around the world.
The world’s beaches and marine environments are plagued by a wide range of waste items including plastic in all forms from bottles, plastic bags and food containers to micro-particles. In Europe, around 80% of beaches suffer from waste, according to a European Commission report published in 2016.
The SC200 has been in operation removing waste and debris of all sizes on a popular beach in Italy’s Puglia region. The attachment was purchased by Baia degli Aranci, a prestigious Puglia tourist resort in Vieste (Foggia), which includes a large beach spanning over one hectare of fine sand.
Able to cover vast areas with a reach of up to 15,000 m2 per hour, the and cleaner quickly sieves sand and collects even the smallest waste, such as cigarette butts, bottle caps, pieces of glass, splinters of wood, tins, stones, plastic bags, syringes and algae, the most common type of waste on European beaches.
The collected waste is then stored in its 350-litre integrated collecting bucket and can be directly unloaded onto a truck or into a container thanks to the hydraulic opening system of the bucket and the lift arms of the compact loader on which the attachment is mounted.
“It is a highly effective sand cleaning tool with a cleaning depth adjustable down to 20 cm, interchangeable sieves with four mesh sizes and a rear blade for optimum finishing,” stated Bobcat.
The manufacturer added that way the Baia degli Aranci resort uses the Bobcat sand cleaner to keep its beach spotless provides a model for how the attachment can be used on beaches around the world.
The sand cleaner was purchased from local Bobcat supplier, F.lli Colucci D&A, together with a Bobcat T650 Compact Track Loader. Highly satisfied, the resort has added other attachments since, such as a root grapple for picking up bulkier items, a fork for preparing and clearing the site, a bucket for sand handling and a mixer bucket for maintenance and building works at the resort.