Australian surfers create unique ocean bin

The Seabin is attracting attention around the world. (supplied)

The Seabin is attracting attention around the world. (supplied)

A small device designed by two friends to catch floating rubbish and oil in harbours and waterways has garnered a wave of support on social media and a crowdfunding site.

The Seabin Project, created by Australian surfers Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, has raised more than $100,000 on crowdfunding site Indiegogo, with the pair hoping to raise more than double that.

The Seabin sits in marinas, drawing water into the device through a plumbing system that is attached to a shore-based pump, catching plastic, fishing line and oil in the process, while filtering out clean water.

‘By working with these marinas, ports and yacht clubs we can locate the seabin in the perfect place and mother nature brings us the rubbish to catch it. Sure we can’t catch everything right now but it’s a really positive start,’ their crowdfunding message states.

One response to “Australian surfers create unique ocean bin”

  1. Roger Graf says:

    What a wonderful idea… I wonder how much unwanted waste The Seabin can capture before emptying the waste into a larger receptor?
    Of course the bigger picture is, how do we contain the waste located in the North Pacific Sub Tropical Convergence Zone including in the zone is; Eastern and Western Garbage Patch supposedly the size of Tasmania for each patch.
    I wonder how the scientist or government agencies could consider capturing this amount of waste and who would accept the waste and how many ships would it take to clean up the North Pacific Sub Tropical Convergence Zone.
    I guess it will get done one day or perhaps we could place an enormous mesh net upon the ‘patches’ with very heavy weights and sink the waste to unfathomable depths without ever having to notice or view the dilemma?

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