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World’s oceans could end up being cleaned by clever trash cans

Andrea on January 14, 2016 - 3:04 pm in Science

 

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Cleaning up the world’s oceans, one marina at a time — that’s the hope of one environmentally friendly marine tech company in Australia. Industrial designer Pete Ceglinski teamed up with boat builder Andrew Turton to create the Seabin, a revolutionary compact way to catch garbage floating around local waterways.Up until now, the main way to clean up the litter in marinas, boat yards, and shallow parts of the ocean where people dock their boats and swim, is by using a series of nets — either attached to boats that have to go out every day or so to scoop up the trash in the area, or by sending people to gather the garbage in areas near docks where it likes to congregate. It’s time consuming, and not very eco-friendly between the gas from the boats and fish getting caught in the nets. It’s only effective at the time it’s being done.

The Seabin, according to the creators, works 24/7. It can be placed in prime areas near docks, where litter likes to loiter, and suck up the bad stuff and return the good water back into the ocean.

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How it works is that the Seabin, made from recycled plastic, is hooked up to a water pump up on the deck. Trash gets sucked into the waste basket and is caught in a natural fiber bag, which can be pulled out the next day and emptied of all the debris. Then you can even sort the recyclables from the not and go that extra mile to making the Earth a little greener! They even have designs in place to catch oil and gasoline from boats in the water.

The project, which reached their funding on Indiegogo before the campaign ended, says that this is a solution that can be implemented right now. Or at least a year from now, when the bins are completed for delivery. So far nine of the 50 have been spoken for in their Ocean Ambassador perk, which gets you your very own Seabin for the low cost of $3,825. It’s about a third of the price of the Marina Trash Skimmer, which is like the automatic dumpster version of the Seabin that’s been around since 2011. Efficient, but much larger and maybe not great for your upscale yacht club’s pristine image.

While it may not be a new alternative for waterway waste management, the thought behind the aesthetic and design of the product will go a long way into putting it into marinas around the world.

Source: Science – Geek.com

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