Today, the first two full-time Seabins have splashed down in Sydney – one in Darling Harbour and one in the Parramatta River. This comes less than a year after the Seabin Project first demoed its ingenious floating rubbish bins in Australian waters. To date, the Australian-invented Seabin has over 435 Seabins collecting waterway pollutants in ports, marinas and yacht clubs around the world but no permanent ones in Australia until now.
One Seabin will be deployed in Darling Harbour at the Australian National Maritime Museum and the other at Cabarita Point in the Parramatta River. The Darling Harbour Seabin has been funded and donated to the Museum by global recycling company TOMRA, whilst tech giants HP have also shown their support for the cause with the sponsorship of the new Seabin in Cabarita Point along the Parramatta River.
When put into action 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, each Seabin has the potential to prevent some 1.4 tons of marine litter from entering our oceans every year by filtering the water of everything from plastic bags and drink containers, to cigarette buds, micro-plastics and surface oils. That’s the equivalent of 3.4 kg per day. Seabins are deployed close to docks, marinas, banks and shorelines, for ease of maintenance and emptying, but also at the main point of human pollution to mitigate rubbish from reaching the broader ocean.
Seabin Project Co-Founder and CEO, Pete Ceglinski, says the enthusiasm of organisations to get behind the initiative further buoys his belief in the role Seabins can play in saving our oceans for future generations, both through action and awareness.
“It’s taken a lot of hard work and learning but we’re excited to finally be moving full steam ahead in Australia with our first full-time Seabins. While ultimately the best way to depollute our oceans and waterways is going to be through awareness and prevention, getting bins in the water is definitely paddling in the right direction,” said Mr. Ceglinski.
“Obviously it’s going to take a concerted effort, and backing from the likes of the Australian National Maritime Museum, TOMRA and HP is a big testament to the vision we have for both the Seabin Project and the future of our oceans.”
Emily Jateff from the Australian National Maritime Museum says, “The Australian National Maritime Museum was proud to host the Australian trial of the Seabin on World Oceans Day 2018, which was such a success that the Seabin returned in August for a special two-week installation during National Science Week. So naturally we are thrilled TOMRA has provided sponsorship for a permanent Seabin at the museum, that will not only collect rubbish but also help us raise awareness and educate people on the issue of marine pollution.”
TOMRA President, Ryan Buzzell, says, “We’ve seen first-hand the impact an innovative approach to tackling litter can have on the environment. In just over 12 months, more than 1.4 billion drink containers have been recycled through our Reverse Vending Machines in NSW and QLD, so we jumped at the opportunity to support Seabin in their bid to clean up our oceans.”
Paul Gracey, Director – Printing Systems South Pacific at HP, says, “At HP, environmental sustainability is core to how our products are designed, manufactured, used and recovered. We know from our most recent study that ocean pollution is one of our greatest concerns as Aussies. HP is always looking for ways to partner with environmentally-conscious organisations like Seabin that are dedicated to protecting our precious waterways. We’re proud to be supporting Seabin and to being named one of the first in Australia to install a Seabin.”
The launch of the Darling Harbour and Cabarita Point Seabins will be followed by other installations to be announced soon – taking the total number of Seabins worldwide to 438 and counting.
Visit seabinproject.com for more information on the Seabin Project.