This UK Ocean ‘Seabin’ Can Collect 20,000 Plastic Bottles A Year
When it comes to the oceans, we humans manage to throw a lot of garbage into it. One of the biggest pollutants in the ocean is plastic. For some reason, we think plastic will magically disappear once it’s out of our sight, but no, sorry. Luckily, 2 Australian inventors decided to do something about cleaning up the plastic problem with a device that can rid the ocean of up to 20,000 bottles a year.
Australian creators Pete Ceglinski and Andrew Turton got the idea for their invention, the Seabin, when they learned that boats that patrol around the harbors trying to clean up our mess were expensive and were not that effective. The Seabin was installed in Portsmouth harbor, near the pontoon of Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) team. It not only picks up bottles, but also plastic bags and other junk floating around.
It has the capacity to pick up over 3 pounds of garbage a day, and has the full capacity of about 26 pounds. That’s a lot of garbage. It can collect around 20,000 bottles or 83,000 plastic bags a year.
“Sure we can’t catch everything right now but it’s a really positive start. It’s a big mission, but it can be done. In fact, we’re doing it right now,” the two creators said.
You can get a better idea of what this bad boy can do in the video below, but being a resident of Michigan who lives about a stones throw from the water, this should be in every major harbor, port or marina in the world.
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