BY: JESSICA BEUKER
Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski from Australia have just created a floating rubbish bin, which not only collects garbage from polluted waterways, but also collects and removes oil, fuel and detergent.
Created as a cheap alternative to ‘trash boats,’ the Seabin was made from recycled plastic, and the duo hopes to keep making more with the plastic they collect from the project. It’s a beautiful cycle.
According to the website, the Seabin is “designed for floating docks in the water of marinas, private pontoons, inland waterways, residential lakes, harbours, waterways, ports and yacht clubs.”
The Seabin is placed on the water’s surface and is plumbed into a shore-based water pump on the dock. It works by sucking in water, collecting the debris in the natural fibre “catch bag,” and siphoning liquids through the pump. The water flows through the pump, where water and oil are separated, with the clean water being pumped back into the ocean. The entire process operates 24/7, 365 days a year.
Everything is made by hand, and shipping of the product will likely begin mid to late 2016. Currently the project is still being funded on Indiegogo. The creators stated, “The goal is to create a world where we don’t need the Seabin.”