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Seabin automatically collects ocean trash, lowers pollution

Plastic pollution in the ocean is one of the biggest detriments to the environment, and two inventors are hoping to chip away at the problem.

Pete Ceglinski and Andrew Turton have launched the Seabin, an automated trash-removal system that collects ocean garbage 24 hours a day.

The bin is fixed onto a standing dock in the water at a marina, where it works best due to lack of big storms and large swells.

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Water is sucked into the bin and it collects trash, oil and debris. The water is then pushed back into the ocean and the trash stays in a fiber net, which can be pulled out to remove the trash.

The founders hope their simple invention can start to make a dent in the amount of plastic floating in the ocean and to create a world where “we don’t need the Seabins,” said co-founder Pete Ceglinski in the above video.

“Imagine that, we’d have a pollution-free ocean for our future generations,” he said.

They’re also hoping to take the plastic trash collected by the Seabin and repurpose it to make more Seabins, which will have a domino effect.

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Pete Ceglinski (left) and Andrew Turton are passionate about ocean conservation and quit their jobs to launch the Seabin. Photo: Indiegogo
Currently, many docks have a staffed cleanup boat that monitors the marina and collects trash by hand. It isn’t very efficient, and the Seabin is much more cost effective.

Another component to the trash bins is that boaters docked at marinas and yacht clubs will be able to see the local trash, hopefully opening their eyes to the need for reducing plastic consumption.

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The project has 10 days left to receive funding on Indiegogo.

Each bin costs $3,825 and will be shipped later next year. As of press time, they have raised nearly a third of their goal of $230,000.

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