Australian surfers have created the Seabin, a floating trash can-like device that siphons and captures floating debris, to help tackle ocean waste.
The floating trash can, which can be installed in marinas, ports and yacht clubs, filters litter from the water. It is designed for sheltered bodies of water, where pollution is rampant and winds and currents move debris around.
The Seabin prototype, which has been fully funded on Indiegogo, was created by Pete Ceglinski – who has a background in designing injection-moulded plastic products – and boat builder Andrew Turton.
How it works is that the Seabin is inserted into the water and is fixed to a floating dock. There is a shore based water pump on the dock running on shore power. The water pump creates a flow of water into the bin bringing with it all floating rubbish and debris.
The rubbish and debris is caught in a catch bag and the water is then sucked out the bottom of the bin and up to the water pump where it is then pumped back into the marina.
The “catch bag” of the bin is made from recycled plastic mesh, which can be manually emptied of litter on a daily basis. The bag has been designed to be easily removable by a single person, and the bin continues to collect litter around its exterior even when the bag is full.
It is estimated that the Seabin can catch around 1.5 kgs of floating debris per day, weather and debris volumes depending, and over a half tonne of debris per year for each Seabin.
The Seabin is powered by a small submersible water pump underneath the Seabin, which can be run by cleaner power options such as solar, wind, wave or turbine depending on the location, current technology and services available.
Currently the water pump energy consumption is around USD$1 per day and as the Seabin technology develops, the surfing duo behind Seabin Project hope to lower their carbon footprint as much as possible.
While their invention is ingenious, Seabin founders Pete Ceglinski and Andrew Turton ultimately believe that education is the real solution to ocean waste. In light of this, they have also developed an open source education program based on interaction with and without the Seabin technology.
Seabin Project has also developed the Global Ambassador Program (GAP) which is an instructional booklet with a series of lessons suitable for schools to learn more about the oceanic littering problem. From lessons and data collection to activities on how to design and build products and technology, it is this that Pete Ceglinski and Andrew Turton believe is the real way forward as a solution.
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