Enviro Buggy: Beach vacuum cleaner removes plastic from Cape Town beach

A giant four-wheeled beach ‘vacuum cleaner’ is being used to keep a Cape Town beach plastic free.

The beach vacuum cleaner, known as the Enviro Buggy, it is helping to sieve out microplastics and pick up normal, larger pieces of rubbish from the Mother City’s Lagoon Beach.

The Enviro Buggy is the brainchild of conservationist group #SeaTheBiggerPicture Ocean Initiative (#STBP) and engineers from Matriarch Generic Engineering.

Around 90% of South Africa’s marine plastic pollution originates from its own river systems, according to research. This amounts to between 15,000 and 40,000 tonnes of marine plastic per year which ends up on South Africa’s beaches.

“The Enviro Buggy was born out of a necessity. We were fed up with trying to pick up so many tiny degraded particles of plastic. It was near impossible by hand, even with a large-scale crew,” said Tash Krauss, a conservationist at STBP.


Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. 


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