Aiming for a more efficient method for beach cleaning, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking to robotics as a way of revolutionizing its processes. As reported by Michigan Public NPR, the robots being implemented are dubbed “BeBots” — a nickname for beach robots — and are electric powered, remote controlled via a joystick mechanism.

The BeBots utilize screening technology within the sand to detect and remove debris including plastic, broken glass, cigaraette buts, and other common forms of beach litter. Over the course of an hour, the robots are estimated to be able to cover 32,000 square feet. 

While its capability limitations mean the BeBots are only tasked to smaller beaches only, the Michigan DNR added that the machines still provide a significant boost cleanliness efforts, and also serve as a good symbol toward the state’s efforts of keeping public areas safe and clean. 

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