The authorities of the Danish city of Slagelse were accused of introducing a method of cleaning beaches that is harmful to the local ecosystem. Europeans were outraged by the waste of money on a tractor that collects algae and debris on the Stillinge Beach and then dumps them back into the sea. A video showing the process of the unit’s operation was published by the DR.
The municipality annually allocates 150 thousand dollars for the maintenance of the bulldozer. However, environmentalists considered the expenses of the city government unjustified. Professor Thorkel Gissel Nielsen of the Danish Technical Institute called the beach cleaning system “absolutely idiotic.”
Catherine Richardson, professor of biological oceanography at Copenhagen University, shares his position. The scientist believes that waste and algae will end up on the shore anyway, and the constant disturbance of the sand cover will negatively affect plants and living organisms.
Deputy Mayor of Slagelse Willum Christensen explained the introduction of the controversial technology by the desire to make the coast visually as clean and pleasant for visitors as in Mallorca and the Canary Islands. He believes that the tractor does not dump large pieces of plastic into the sea, and cigarette butts and small particles of waste will get into the water anyway.
Previously, scientists have found that sex on the beach can be detrimental to coastal nature. Researchers examined 300 popular sex sites in the Maspalomas Nature Reserve in the Canary Islands and found that discarded cigarette butts, contraceptives and trampled grass affected several rare plants and unique animals.