Bali’s trash problem has been hitting international headlines in the last month as three of the island’s biggest open landfill sites caught on fire.
As firefighters battled the blaze for over three weeks, the discussion around how the island might tackle the waste problem in the long term resurfaced once again. Two hotels have funded a novel solution that could just change the game forever.
The Hyatt Regency Bali and Andaz Bali, two of the leading resorts in Sanur, have unveiled their new Hyatt Bebot.
The beach cleaning robot has been designed to revolutionize beach cleanup operations, automating the process and ensuring that Sanur’s pristine white sandy shores stay as magical as ever.
The Hyatt Regency Bali and Andaz Bali say that the Hyatt Bebot has been ‘Crafted by the pioneering Searial Cleaners by Poralu Marine.”
The company focuses on designing unique marina solutions that protect ecosystems around the world.
Typically Poralu Marine has focused on creating products that serve the yacht industry, but the Hyatt Bebot is a collaboration that has a far wider scope for impact than yacht marinas alone.
The Searial Cleaners project has invested in disruptive technologies that have helped combat marine pollution around the world. It was only a matter of time until the tech reached the shores of Bali and many will say that it is not a moment too soon.
The Searial Cleaners say that the “BeBot is a smart autonomous robot that collects trash (cigarette butts, wrappers, bottle caps, cardboard and more) buried in a given area. Not only is it silent, it’s also solar-powered, making it an eco-friendly solution.”
The team at the Hyatt Regency Bali and Andaz Bali describe the Hyatt Bebot as a “beach-cleaning prodigy. Operating with finesse, it ensures pristine shores while honoring the beach ecosystem.”
“Its electric heartbeat means zero emissions, tackling both macro and micro trash (>3 millimeters/0.11 inch) and surface oils. Hyatt Bebot’s efficient clean-up champions Indonesia’s leap towards a greener tomorrow.”
They add that they are “Proudly presenting the Hyatt Bebot, an epitome of innovative beach cleaning by Searial Cleaners by Poralu Marine. This initiative embarks on a new chapter in our sustainability narrative, marking Bali and Indonesia as the inaugural hosts of this robotic marvel.”
The press statement shared through Indonesia’s Tourism Board, Wonderful Indonesia, states that “The Hyatt Bebot, a remotely operated, electric dynamo, is devoted to purging plastics and debris while preserving the indigenous flora and fauna.”
Could the Searial Cleaner Bebot be the golden ticket Bali needs to clean up the tides of plastic waste that flow down from the island’s rovers and in from the tides?
The little robot is not going to be able to tackle the problems on its own. Yet, they do have an important role to play in the big picture.
Even a whole fleet of Bebots would not be able to contend with the mountains of waste that wash up on Bali’s beaches, and certainly not at the landfill sites.
What the Bebots can do is help remove harmful microplastics and small pieces of trash that litter the sandy shores of popular beach resorts, ruining the aesthetic of the beach, and causing harm to public health.
Bali is still reeling from the impacts of the last three weeks were the island’s biggest landfill was closed due to fires.
Emergency landfills were opened up across Bali, the largest of which was in Tabanan Regency, following the fire at Suwung TPA in South Denpasar, which sits just 6.5 km from Sanur Beach where the new robots have been deployed.
Despite huge improvements and big legislative and systematic changes that would need to happen to clean up Bali forever, the arrival of the Bebots on the beaches of Sanur is certainly something to celebrate. Even one less piece of plastic littering the beaches of paradise isle is a win for nature.
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