Since launching in the UK early last year, Cardley Wave have helped local authorities achieve a sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to weed control and now more and more local authorities are looking to do the same. Cardley Wave offers an alternative to the conventional way of killing weeds using nothing but hot water to do the job.
William Spence, Executive Manager – Environmental Services, Shetland Islands Council said: “The environmental advantages are that we are not using chemicals in any form thus reducing the risk of contaminating waterways and effects on pets and wildlife.”
With the machine also being used for the removal of algae and moss from paved areas around the main streets, William went on to add: “We also hope this will reduce slips and falls due to algae and moss, making all our paved area and lane areas safer for the public.
The islands are exposed to the weather elements more so than other parts of the country, previously limiting the use of traditional chemical controls, but by using the Mid-Series these limitations have been eradicated as it can be utilised in most weathers including wind and rain. This hand in hand increases productivity with the machine being used every day.
“We are also benefiting from the machine being dual purpose so we are able to power wash at the same time as we have been weeding. That is reducing time by not having to revisit the area.”
Not only are the council and its employees benefiting from the environmental and multifunctional advantages of the Cardley Wave system, but it has also been a hit with the community; increasing public perception and enhancing relationships.
Unlike chemical spraying, there are no mandatory training to operate the unit; this is something that William hopes to take advantage of in the future by promoting community participation which will bring the community closer in their battle against weeds!
The future of glyphosate, a widely used component in herbicides, is still hanging in the balance with the license given a temporary stay of execution and EU members unable to come to a majority vote on any long term decision.
As things stand, glyphosate can be used for just one or two more seasons, before chemical spraying could potentially become a thing of the past especially in public parks, playgrounds and gardens with MEPs urging the EU to put a ban on the use in these specific areas.
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