Healthy and safe beaches
Unicorn machines are very efficient at their job as they clean and clear beaches and transform them into attractive, safe environments free from sharp or hazardous objects that may endanger the health of their visitors
Questions about beach cleaning
To clear a beach, the Unicorn machines turn over an enormous quantity of sand.
The mass of sand which lies under the surface is damp, and is turned over and brought to the surface. This manages to ensure that:
•The sun’s rays carry out their natural function of eliminating bacteria and fungi.
•The sand is oxygenated and transformed into fluffy, attractive sand.
•An area of compacted sand can be transformed into a soft surface, making it a pleasure to walk on it.
• Children can enjoy playing in sand which is soft and clean.
How do you achieve a safe beach that is free from sharp, dangerous or infected objects?
To obtain a safe beach that is completely free from objects that could cause injuries, cuts or infections, Unicorn machines carry out continuous sifting of sand.
This sifting action allows all objects to be removed, whether on the surface or deeper down, however small they may be. This guarantees the safe removal of cigarette butts, broken glass, small sharp objects hidden in the sand and any other hazardous solid waste that is fouling the beach.
If the beach has been contaminated due to torrential downpours or debris brought in from the sea, Unicorn machines can disinfect it quickly and safely. This is done by the disinfecting equipment which has been especially designed so that just before the sand oxygenation process starts, a natural disinfectant is released. This product does not affect the life of vertebrates or fish and only eliminates bacteria, fungi and viruses hidden in the contaminated area.
Beach users are only satisfied if they can enjoy a clean beach that is completely free of waste or dirt, and this is a commercial requisite for any tourist resort with sea views. Therefore, both municipal authorities and the heads of professional cleaning businesses have to make a firm commitment to this route, as by investing in cleaning their beaches, they are gaining in quality of life.
Beach cleaning is commonly regarded as the removal of large items of waste that accumulate due to the action of uncontrolled dumping or are washed ashore by sea tides. This level of cleaning, using a simple tractor shovel, only succeeds in removing items such as logs, seaweed, stones, branches, etc.
Our beach-cleaning machines are technically capable of penetrating the sand down to a depth of 30 cm. This means that all kind of waste can be removed, from large objects down to the smallest buried waste: cigarette ends, bottle lids, can rings, glass, food remains, paper, etc. and also that infection-causing micro-organisms can be eliminated as a result of the intense continuous beating motion of our machines, drying and ventilating the sand thanks to the action of the air and ultraviolet rays.
Disinfecting sand is essential for the health and safety of all beach users and particularly to protect children. Sadly, the sea is all too often used as a dump for waste produced by man, animals, industrial, chemical, petrochemical and fishing activities, etc. The collectors that dump waste in the sea are often not adequately installed so it is not surprising that the effect of sea currents or storms leave part of such waste on the beach, which is always a source of pollution of our beaches. lThe saline action of seawater is not sufficient to eliminate all the bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms present on beaches. This is why our machines can be fitted with disinfecting equipment.
The disinfecting equipment created exclusively for beaches consists of two connected tanks that hold disinfecting liquid with a total capacity of 500 l (250 l each). An electric pump is collected to these tanks, which drives the mixture to a ramp of diffusers which has the same width as the machine's working pass. A spray gun with a 10m hose can also be supplied, to reach places not accessible to the machine and disinfect objects located on the beach such as litter bins, showers, hammocks, chairs, water skateboards, etc.
A quaternary ammonium compound based liquid disinfectant for general beach use, which acts against, fungi, bacteria and certain viruses. It prevents fermentation, unpleasant smells and decomposition of processed and semi-finished goods, packages, organic and other matter typically found among beach waste. The disinfectant solutions are practically odourless and tasteless. It is not toxic. It does not alter the pH of the water and does not irritate nose, eyes or mucous membranes. It does not contain either chlorine or copper. It is a neutral product which does not attack or alter any material
General dosage: 1/2:500 Disinfection is recommended every day or at least three times a week, as it is well known the users contaminate the beach and its installations on a daily basis.
The waste accumulated on the beach over the winter as a result of sea currents or uncontrolled dumping must be removed in an initial intensive clean-up. Some of this waste comprises large items, such as branches, logs, stones, animals, seaweed, etc. and should be removed with tractor shovels. This cleaning should commence in February/April, depending on the area and type of sea current. The beach should then be cleaned with our machines, which should go over each area twice.
In order to keep the sand hygienically clean, it must be oxygenated frequently by turning. Beaches will have to be cleaned daily with our machines, in order to avoid the risk of incubation of pathogenic bacteria and to eliminate the waste left each day by users. Litter bins will also have to be emptied daily, to prevent fermentation of organic matter, bad smells and the proliferation of insects.