Seabin Project

We are honored to announce the Seabin Project has partnered with Safe Harbor. With 64 marinas owned (including Ventura Isle Marina right here in Ventura Harbor), Safe Harbor plans to install the Seabin technology in all of their locations across America and also to implement the educational program in all locations with local schools.


What’s a Seabin?

The Seabin is a floating rubbish bin (or trash bin) that is located in the water at marinas, docks, yacht clubs and commercial ports. The Seabin also has the potential to collect a percentage of oils and pollutants floating on the water surface.


How does a Seabin work?

The Seabin moves up and down with the range of tide collecting all floating rubbish. Water is sucked in from the surface and passes through a catch bag inside the Seabin, with a submersible water pump capable of displacing 25.000 LPH (liter per hour), plugged directy into 110/22V outlet. The water is then pumped back into the marina leaving litter and debris trapped in the catch bag to be disposed of properly.

In details:

The water is being circulated through the action of a pump. The float descends or ascends depending on the water level inside the seabin. When the water pump is switched on, the water level inside the seabin drops and the float descends with it, until it reaches the level of the surface of the water. At this point the surface water goes inside the seabin creating a current that makes floating debris nearby enter the seabin. The catch-bag inside the float allows the water to pass through it but retains all floating debris larger than 2


How much plastic waste does the Seabin collect?

The Seabin catches an estimated 1.5 Kgs of floating debris per day (depending on weather and debris volumes) including micro plastics up to 2 mm small, the catch bag has a capacity of 20kg. The V5 range in glassy conditions is a 50 meter radius, in windy or tidal conditions expect the range covered to be reduced.


What do you do with the collected waste?

We sorts the waste and analyse it in order to participate actively to the search and comprehension of Oceans pollution problem. The waste is later recycled, we are now working on ways to have the catch bag made out recycled plastic caught by the Seabins, and hope that one day we can use it to build our own seabins with it.
We are very fond of the concept of circular economy and we would like to have as much of the waste collected by the seabins valorized and reintroduced into the economy. The more plastic, and other material are reintroduced into the economy, the less goes to landfill, incineration, or in the environment. We need to rethink the design of our goods.


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