Invention Of The Week? Seabin Will Help Clean The Oceans One Marina At A Time

Two surfing dudes have developed an innovative waste bin that will help solve, educate and prevent our oceans pollution problems. 

Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, who are also active sailors, have developed the Seabin, which is an automated marina bin that collects floating rubbish, debris and oil 24/7.

The entrepreneurs based in Mallorca, Spain, claim that their invention will help create cleaner oceans with healthier marine life.

Photo Credit: Facebook/The Seabin Project (2015)Photo Credit: Facebook/The Seabin Project (2015)

Turton and Ceglinski know full well that what starts on the street actually ends up in the ocean, and this is the main reason they invented the Seabin.

Turton was the one who came up with the idea to develop the Seabin

“It was in Los Angeles (in 2005) while I was preparing for the Transpac Race and just seeing the harbor there with the amount of oil and scum and rubbish that was sitting there waiting to be taken; that’s when I realized that okay, we definitely need to put together this rubbish bin that I had been thinking about for quite a few years prior to then. We really only got it to work in 2011,” says Turton. (1)

The device is not big and bulky, so it fits in well in problem areas of marinas. And since it’s the size of a standard tall garbage bin it won’t take up any docking space for boats, and it also will not interfere with boat traffic going in and out of marinas.

“The Seabin is located in pollution heavy hot spots in the marinas,” explains Turton. “The wind and currents of the ocean bring into the harbors and marinas the rubbish and straight to the ideally positioned Seabin. Some of this rubbish has been floating around for years in our ocean and we wouldn’t be surprised if we found a drink can from say, for example, Taiwan here in Spain.” (2)

New Ocean Cleaning Technology

For years trash-boats in marinas all around the world have collected waste through the use of nets. However trash-boats don’t collect everything and they are expensive to operate.

The Seabin is effective in gathering most waste and it’s far less expensive than operating and manning trash-boats.

The Seabin is fixed to a floating dock in the water and it is equipped with a shore-based water pump on the dock that runs its power source.

The pump is what creates the flow of water directly into the bin and this helps lure in rubbish, debris and even oil.

Waste is caught in a natural fiber catch-bag and then the water is sucked right out of the bottom of the bin and up to the water pump where it is then pumped back into the marina.

The waste in the Seabin is quickly and easily disposed.

The Seabin is made from 70 percent to 100 percent recycled Polyethylene plastic.

Keep The Oceans Tidy

Of course this invention is getting plenty of attention, according to Ceglinski.

“The names of the marinas that have approached us is too numerous to write down here without leaving someone out. However the interest of the marinas is from all over the world,” says Ceglinski. (3)

And there are scores of organizations and businesses who want to start utilizing the Seabin. They include America’s Cup management team, governments (local/national) from all over the world, petroleum companies, oil spill recovery companies, and high schools.

Each Seabin retails for $3,825 (USD), so this technology is more than affordable for marinas and big businesses.

So, the next time you notice your marina is looking cleaner you can thank the efforts of these two surfers who have set out to make a positive difference for our planet.

1. Sail-World. November 6, 2015
2. Sail-World. November 6, 2015
3. IBI News. November 30, 2015