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Surfers Invent the ‘Seabin’ a Floating Trash Can That Sucks Up Garbage and Pollution

Surfers Invent the ‘Seabin’ a Floating Trash Can That Sucks Up Garbage and Pollution

This is the Seabin V5, a floating trash can, or a “trash skimmer” that catches anything from plastic bottles, paper to oil, fuel, and detergent – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. The Seabin V5, which is connected to a floating dock, can also clean the water from contaminated organic material, including leaves and seaweed, etc.

Designed by sea-loving surfers, the Seabin V5 is installed in bodies of water that have a calm and controlled environment, such as marinas, yacht clubs, ports where ocean swells, and storms aren’t problematic and that also offer appropriate services. It’s fully automated, cost-effective (running cost is around $3 a day), and needs little maintenance.



In addition to intercepting floating debris, macro, and microplastics, it can even trap microfibers using an additional filter. Equipped with oil absorbent pads, as mentioned,  the Seabin can absorb petroleum-based surface oils and detergent, which is a common occurrence in most marinas worldwide. The Seabin V5 is more efficient and effective than cleanup boats that use nets to collect trash. No fish are harmed in the Seabin V5, according to its inventors.

The way the Seabin V5 works is: water gets sucked in via the surface and navigates into a catch bag inside the Seabin with a submersible water pump capable of displacing 25,000 Lph (liters per hour) and that’s plugged directly into either a 110V or 220V outlet. The water is then pumped back into the marina leaving the garbage and pollution trapped in the catch bag. The Seabin can catch an estimated 3.9 Kgs of floating debris per day or 1.4 tons per year (contingent on weather and debris volumes), including microplastics as small as 2 mm.

Another important component to the Seabin V5 is the fact that swimmers and boaters can actually see what’s inside and realize what they are swimming or boating in, which makes the problem really hit home. The end goal is to make the Seabins out of the recycled trash collected and use renewable energy during production. Poralu Marine is the official distributor and manufacturer of the Seabin V5.

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