There will be an official hand-over event this Saturday the 21st of February starting at 7:30 am in front of the SATGAS office at Kuta Beach, together with beach cleaning and other activities.
Housed at Kuta Beach and operated under the authority of Bendesa Adat Kuta, the new Massey Ferguson tractor will soon be prowling Kuta’s beaches from Tuban up to Seminyak, its special beach cleaning unit picking things like cigarette butts, bottle caps, bits of plastic and other trash from the sand and then dumping it all into the trucks that will be taken to the trash dump.
The waste collection process will be done by the GUS environmental organization.
Originally planned to be launched at the beginning of the rainy season, the testing process has exposed two hurdles that need to be overcome to achieve an optimally effective process; 1) The heavy rain and wet sand impact the effectiveness of the unit, and 2) the unit was not designed to have to pick up the huge amount of large waste items that are washed up on the beach during rainy season.
The team has studied the root cause and will further improve the process through a two-part process. First the creation and use of a primary waste collecting “Beach Rack” for these large items, followed by the use of the existing sand filtering unit for the smaller items.
When the rainy season ends and the dry season begins, only the sand-filtering unit will needed as there are far fewer of the larger waste items on the beach. The tractor will then be cruising up and down the beach, filtering the sand of all the debris that makes it dangerous, dirty, and unsightly.
The goal ultimate of the project goal is to return Kuta Beach and all Bali’s beaches back to the postcard perfect white-sand glory that is displayed on websites and brochures all over the world, with tractors like this working not only at Kuta Beach but also at Sanur, Nusa Dua, and Jimbaran, and wherever else they are needed.
If you start with a clean beach each day, maybe people won’t be so quick to throw their trash all over it, and will instead raise their eyes to search for one of the many green and red trash bins that Coca-Cola and GUS have been placing around!
Here’s looking forward to the cleanest beach year ever here in Bali, thanks to Coca-Cola Bottling Indonesia, Quiksilver Indonesia, and GUS!