Floating rubbish bin launched

Northern Europe's first floating rubbish bin has been installed in Helsinki © Wärtsilä Northern Europe's first floating rubbish bin has been installed in Helsinki © Wärtsilä

The project to bring floating rubbish bins to Finland is making progress with the first Northern European test Seabin marine rubbish bin being launched in Uunisaari, Helsinki.

Wärtsilä will be operating as the Seabin Project's global pilot partner for the next three years with the next floating rubbish bin being installed in Helsinki at the turn of June.

Pete Ceglinski, from the Seabin Project, said: "The installation of the V5 Seabin here in Helsinki marks a real turning point in the fight against plastics and littering. We hope that this partnership with Wärtsilä inspires other big industry players to partner with smaller businesses that have big ideas for a cleaner environment."

Kari Noroviita, director of passenger harbours at the Port of Helsinki, said: "At the Port of Helsinki, we are committed to operating for the good of the Baltic Sea. Harbour operations are subject to environmental permits that regulate our professional activities, but the sea and the water - they belong to all of us."

The other six pilot partners involved in the Seabin Project are La Grande Motte in Southern France, Porto Montenegro in Montenegro, Port Adriano in Mallorca (Spain), Butterfield in Bermuda, and Safe Harbor Marinas in the United States.

Seabin Project launched its new V5 Hybrid model at the end of April. It then began installing prototypes at its pilot partners' sites. For a three-month trial period, the pilot partners will provide information about how the floating rubbish bins have functioned.

Seabins are expected to go on commercial sale in August.

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