Two Australian surfers Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, sick of the dirt they saw in water bodies, invented a ‘seabin’ — which turns out to be a very useful creation.
The seabin, a small beginning for marinas, ports and yatch clubs, catches floating rubbish, oil, fuel and detergents. It works like any other bin but with smart technology. Fixed to the dock, the bucket’s rim floats at water level, allowing sea water laced with trash to spill into it, it has a pump at the bottom of the device which returns the clean water to the ocean with trash continuing to collect inside the Seabin. Later, one can empty the trash bag that hangs inside and it’s up for use again.
It’s a cost-effective substitute for trash boats, say the duo while explaining their project. “The Seabin isn’t big or bulky and can fit into the problem corners of marinas without being obtrusive or taking up dock space for boats,” they write.
For now, the seabin is primarily designed for smaller water bodies like marinas, ports, harbors, yacht clubs, inland waterways, rivers, lakes, private pontoons and even motor yachts and super yachts.
The project is funded by an Indiegogo campaign and they plan to start shipping by the end of 2016. “If we can ship beforehand even better, but we want to be realistic,” they say.