Floating rubbish bin invention collects litter from the sea

Although this article doesn't have anything to do with hiring a skip, we thought we'd do a short blog post on it as it's in keeping with our environmental ideals, and a fantastic invention that keeps our oceans clear of rubbish.

Two Australian surfers have come up with this amazing solution to combat the millions of tons of trash in our oceans - Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski came up with their idea of the Seabin after growing tired of sharing the beautiful waters with the ever growing amounts of rubbish and floating plastic.

It may surprise you to know that there's enough rubbish in the sea to fill five carrier bags for every foot of coastline on earth, which equates to around 8 million tons. Although their invention can't deal with all the garbage that's currently floating in our seas at the moment, it's a fabulous first step towards future technologies that could work on a larger scale.

After coming up with the idea, Peter and Andrew spent around four years working on building the device called the 'Seabin'. They hope that one day it could be a long term solution to rid the world's oceans of the huge amounts of litter that are currently circling the globe.

The Seabin is made of a cylinder that floats horizontally with one end sitting on the surface of the water. A land based pump then creates a flow of water into the device bringing the rubbish in with it. The trash is then held in a mesh bag and the water is pumped back into the sea.

There are vast amounts of waste material floating around in the middle of some oceans forming floating rubbish islands. But the inventors say that for now the best place to start making an impact is closer to home in yacht clubs, marinas and ports away from sea swells and hazardous conditions. This means they will be easier to empty and can run for 24 hrs a day. 'This way we are working in harmony with Mother Nature' they say 'As she brings us the waste to catch in the marinas and ports with the winds and currents that are always moving the rubbish around and causing collections in these areas'.

Mr Turton says 'The Seabin is a revolution in ocean cleaning technology. It will help create cleaner oceans with healthier marine life'. The Seabin catches everything floating in the water from plastic bottles to paper, oil, fuel and detergent, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, said the inventors. So far no fish have been harmed or caught in the Seabin as the duo say that they tend to sit under the device.

The ultimate goal of these innovative young men is to actually make the Seabins from the plastic that has been collected creating a win win situation.

If you'd like to find out more about the project, please visit The Seabin Project website

Good luck to them and the future of our oceans

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