Called a trommel, the machine sieves the sand to separate out “nurdles”, the small plastic pellets produced in their billions each year during the manufacture of plastic products.
The anti-pollution device, which is operated manually, has been designed and manufactured by Nurdle, a not-for-profit business based in North Devon.
Staff at Mother Ivey’s Bay carry out regular beach clean-ups throughout the year, and team leader Anna Wilsher says the trommel will make a huge difference:
“Last year we noticed nurdles during our beach cleans, and although it was possible to pick these up by hand, we have been on the look-out for a way that makes the task easier,” she said.
“It’s a fantastic piece of equipment and easy to use. I am looking forward to letting families staying at our holiday park to have a go as it’s also actually rather fun!
“Removing nurdles from the beach so they do not return to the ocean is vital to help reduce marine pollution,” added Anna who is a qualified marine biologist.
Once the nurdles have been separated, they will be upcycled and used by local artist Veronika Niewiadomska to create a special pieces of creative work:
“I’m really excited about this project, and really looking forward to working with the recovered plastic to create collages and sculptures,” said Veronika, a graduate from Winchester School of Art.