Cleaning the Oceans: The Seabin Project
The Seabin is an automated marina rubbish bin that collects floating rubbish, debris and oil from the water. Its main purpose is to solve and prevent ocean pollution problems. It was designed to clean marinas, ports and yacht clubs, which are a perfect place to start cleaning oceans because there is no open ocean swells and storms, and the bin works in a controlled environment.
This excellent idea for making oceans cleaner was founded by Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski. Some solutions to the ocean pollution problem already exist, but they are either too expensive to run, require too much manual work, or are simply not effective enough. The Seabin is a small machine and can fit into any corner of a marina without taking up too much space. The waste is collected easily and is disposed in the marina’s waste disposal system. There is also an option of fitting an oil/water separator to the system.
The Seabin is located in the water and is fixed to a floating dock. It runs on power coming from a shore-based water pump, which creates a flow of water into the bin. The bins are usually placed in the polluted part of the marina, so there is floating rubbish and debris coming into the bin as well. The debris is caught in a natural fibre catch bag, while the water is sucked up to the water pump, and then pumped back into the marina. Worth noting is that fish are safe from being sucked into a Seabin.
The shipping of the Seabin will start in the second half of 2016. The designers are currently working on final tweaks to make the product sustainable and to reduce carbon footprint as much as possible. Hopefully, this project will be widely accepted and will lead to further innovations in making our planet a cleaner place.