‘BeBot’ is a beach cleaning robot designed to pick up cigarette butts, bottle caps and other trash

An eco-friendly robot designed to remove litter from beaches has been deployed in the Sunshine State.

The remote-controlled solar device called “BeBot” is manufactured by Poralu Marine. It can collect objects such as cigarette butts, bottle caps, food wrappers and other plastic fragments.

BeBot was donated to the nonprofit Keep Florida Beautiful (KFB) by Surfing’s Evolution and Preservation Foundation, an organization funded by Florida’s “Endless Summer” license plate.

“The machine is also quiet, relatively lightweight, and doesn’t sift the sand deep enough to harm the natural environment,” said Savanna Christy, executive director of Keep Florida Beautiful.

On Friday, a BeBot unit debuted in Cocoa Beach with Keep Brevard Beautiful and will travel across the state for use by other coastal KFB affiliates.

Christy said BeBot is no substitute for the efforts of the thousands of volunteers who help keep Florida beaches clean.

“But it does help remove those hard-to-see little bits of litter stuck in the sand,” Christy added. “Additionally, BeBot captures the attention of beachgoers by providing an opportunity to educate the public about marine debris and litter prevention – it’s a great way to raise awareness of a global issue.”

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