Marine Bin: Initial Ideas and Developements

Marine pollution is one of the key environmental issues that are in discussion within the environmentally conscious community today. It is seen as a major issue as it manifests itself in many different ways, whether it’s the 52 metric tonnes of marine debris that accumulates on the coral reefs of Hawaiian Islands  (Dameron, 2007), the enrichment or seafood with heavy metals (Cd and Hg) in Hong Kong due to waste from over 2,000 factories (Departement of Applied Science, City Polytechnic of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong, 1988) or closer to home the oestrogenic products entering UK estuaries (Blackburn, 1999); all these contribute to fulling the research into reduction and prevention methods  aimed at marine pollution.

An innovative solution to the problem of marine pollution within marinas is the SeaBin Project, this is an example of a method of reduction of debris to the open ocean that shows a huge amount of potential.

Two Australian surfers Pete Ceglinski and Andrew Turton (a former plastic product designer),started off being a part of the problem; realising this he designed the seabin with . have designed and made an automated rubbish bin that catches floating rubbish, oil, fuel and general debris. It designed for floating docks in the water of marinas, private pontoons, inland waterways, residential lakes, harbours, ports and yacht clubs, it can also be fitted to super yachts and motor yachts!

Blackburn, M. (1999). Concentrations of alkyphenol polyethoxylates entering UK estuaries . Marine Pollution Bulletin, 109-118

Dameron, O. (2007, April). Elsevier, pp. 423-433.

Departement of Applied Science, City Polytechnic of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong. (1988). Marine Polution in Hong Kong: A Reveiw. Asian Marine Biology, 1-23.



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