Seabin helps clean up US waterways

A Seabin in action Photo: Seabin Project A Seabin in action Photo: Seabin Project
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The Port of Hueneme is taking action to keep California’s coastline clean through a partnership with the Seabin Project which will result in 1.5 tonnes of marine pollution extracted from local waterways by the end of 2019.

The Seabin was invented by Pete Ceglinski and Andrew Turton in 2015 to help reduce pollution and has been globally recognised as one of the most promising ways to fight marine plastic pollution. To date, there have been 719 Seabins installed worldwide.

On an announcement on Twitter, the port said, “The Seabin started operation this weekend at the Port – a “trash skimmer” installed in a water body and acting as a floating garbage bin skimming the surface of the water by pumping water into the device. Keeping our waters clean and our environment green!”

Micro fibres and surface oil are major concerns for commercial ports. To address this, the Seabin filter acts as a two stage 1:5 filter. This ensures a sustainable extraction of microfibres by catching macro plastics such as food wrappers and microplastics (2 - 5mm) in the first section of the catch bag filter. The second stage is the microfibre filter. The ratio of 1:5 means Seabins are only catching one part in five that passes through the Seabin which helps protect micro-organisms.

Seabin America tour

The Seabin America Tour, which runs this June and July, is a tour from San Diego to San Francisco with stops in Los Angeles and Ventura and Oahu, Hawaii, aimed at cleaning up some of America’s most polluted waterways.

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