Seabin is the innovative water pollution solution for marinas, docks and yacht clubs

By Shawn Knight
Dec 29, 2015
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  1. A pair of Australians have launched an Indiegogo campaign for an automated marina rubbish collector dubbed Seabin. The device, which addresses the issue of ocean pollution on an introductory scale, is so deceptively simple yet ingenious that it makes you wonder why it hasn't been created until now.

    Seabins are designed to be mounted to floating docks in marinas, ports and yacht clubs - controlled environments that aren't subjected to huge waves and ocean storms. They continuously suck in water, capturing contaminants like plastic, paper, fuel, oil and detergents in the process. When full, a marina employee simply lifts the perforated waste collection bag from the Seabin and empties it.

    Besides helping the environment, its creators say the trash collected can serve as an education tool, reminding people of the consequences of pollution. Its use can also have a direct impact on our health as the fish we eat would be healthier if they weren't swimming in contaminated water.

    Most crowdfunding campaigns coax donors with the promise of a shiny new gadget or other wares if successfully funded. Such is the case with Seabin although its $3,825 reward price will keep most at bay (no pun intended). That's alright, because this is one of those campaigns that you can feel good about contributing to even without a large reward (and there are some pretty neat gifts offered in the cheaper tiers).

    The Seabin project is well on its way to becoming a reality as donors have pledged more than 90 percent of the $230,000 funding goal with 10 days remaining.

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,132   +478

    A very neat idea and I hope it becomes very successful. I do wonder what the chances of wild life getting trapped in it, meaning like animals that hang out on or near the surface of the water.
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,487   +665

    A new take on the old "skimmer" that is a part of just about every swimming pool made. Great approach ... now if they could come up with one for the junk that isn't floating ......
  4. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,612   +492

    Why are people such damn slobs, they just have to throw all their **** off the side of their boats because bringing garbage back to land is too much work. The worse part is the people who own slips at the marina in the video probably don't give two shits about the problem, the local surfers who actually use the water as a recreational activity are the ones trying to make a difference because they're fed up of having to clean the garbage off when they get out of the ocean.
    Reehahs likes this.
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,964   +355

    To be fair, I'd venture a guess that some debris might fall into the water due to wind. Not all of it but some.
    Reehahs likes this.
  6. Swamp

    Swamp TS Rookie

    Where do you think many of the storm water drains flow to.
    Just think how much rubbish is washed off the streets into the drains.
    Not all of it is stopped from flowing into the streams which in turn flow into the ocean.
  7. pmcardle

    pmcardle TS Enthusiast Posts: 115   +21

    I agree; all boaters that I know are very careful not to pollute the waters they recreation in and bring all of their trash home. I would think that most trash comes from storm drains. Maybe they should invent storm drain filters and stop 99% at the source.
  8. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Guru Posts: 509   +35

    I corrected your quote good sir!

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