Plastic waste targeted
Marine plastic waste is being targeted by Premier Marinas and environmental consultancy and contract manager, Helistrat.
The two organisations have partnered to install two Seabins in Premier’s Port Solent and Gosport marinas to help tackle the plastic waste problem and raise the profile of The Seabin Project.
“As a business located near some of the UK’s business ports and marinas we wanted to do something to help tackle the global problem of discarded ocean plastic and raise the profile of the innovative The Seabin Project,” said Ben Richardson, Helistrat trading director. “The only way we are going to eliminate the 10-12 million tonnes of plastic that ends up in our oceans is by not producing this waste in the first place, but until then, we need to find ways to help minimise its impact, remedy the damage done and recycle this material.”
Each Seabin uses a submersible water pump, capable of displacing 25 litres per hour to suck water in from the surface.
This passes through a catch bag inside the Seabin and is then pumped back into the marina leaving litter and debris trapped inside.
Each bin can collect up to ½ tonne of floating debris per year including microplastics as small as 2mm.
The Seabins will be emptied twice a day by Premier Marinas staff.
Waste material will be sorted with recyclable materials, including plastics, sent to reprocessors. Non-recyclable material will be used to offset fossil fuels in the production of energy.
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