Published on March 1st, 2016 | by gatsbyadmin0
Floating Trash Cans Swallow Ocean Garbage
The future is now! Seabin has the goal of cleaning the world’s oceans and actually has a workable idea to put into action. As the (silent?) video demonstrates, the Seabin team has created a floating garbage can that automatically collects litter, detergents, fuel and other debris from the surrounding water. Designed to be positioned near docks, marinas, and harbors, Seabin will be most effective in these areas due to the high traffic of boats and people – both of which result in waste of all kinds. These areas also usually have relatively calm water conditions as opposed to the open sea.
The floating bins are connected via pipes to a shore-based water pump that pulls water through the bin. Water flows through the container, where a natural fiber bag is used to collect the debris from the water. After the waste is filtered out, the water flows through the pump system where it can be cleaned even further using a water/oil separator. After processing, the water then is pumped back into the ocean. The Seabin works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, collecting debris in the bag and holding it near the bin when it is full. It’s designed and sized so one person can scoop the floating debris and change the bag by themselves, without any assistance.
Seabin is hopeful that their creation can supplement current methods of keeping the ocean clean, such as trash boats, which are expensive to use, and individual workers who manually remove waste, which usually can’t keep up with the amount of garbage and debris that accumulates. Though all methods of cleaning the ocean are helpful, the automatic Seabin is a 24/7 low-cost solution.
Seabin has a working prototype and is using Indiegogo to raise funds that’ll allow the team to begin production. If they raise the required $230,000, Seabin hopes to begin production in early 2016 with a delivery date of November 2016.
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