Seabin Pty Ltd

10,000 Seabins for the Globe

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Seabin Pty Ltd

Cooroy, State of Queensland, Australia

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Project Summary

Ocean plastics is everybody’s problem and it’s going to take all of us to help clean it up. Marine trash is not rocket science, but it is a complex issue. If we don’t stop the supply of marine trash we will never clean the world’s water bodies. Seabin Project are now amongst the world’s largest mechanical clean ups with more than 700 units in over 48 countries cleaning up over 2.6 tonne of marine trash daily.It needs to be acknowledged, that the problem will never be fixed by technology alone.Behaviour change and better education is what’s going to turn off the tap and save our oceans, but we still need to clean it up. With this project, we will collect 40 tonne per day and work on changing the behaviours creating a global beneficial impact.

Problem Statement

The magnitude of the impact of Marine Trash/Ocean Plastics is yet to be fully recognized. Three major areas of impact are; food chain for both human and marine life consumption, marine animal health by the ingestion of plastics and the ecology of marine biomes where breeding grounds, home grounds, and transit areas are all exposed to ocean plastics.The marine world provides over 150 million tonnes of seafood and studies are now finding the trace elements of plastic within seafood and marine sourced food groups. Social media channels regularly cover incidents where marine life has been negatively impacted from interactions with ocean plastics. The impact on global marine biomes has been widely covered by documentaries.Plastic is versatile, cheap to manufacture and has over 6000 different chemical compositions. They have a long life and do not degrade back to their trace elements in the marine environment. The worlds water bodies have long been used as a rubbish dump by the human population as tides and the flow of streams take the trash away from the dumping point. 8 Million tonnes of marine trash per annum are calculated as being supplied to world’s water bodies. If you can’t stop the supply, how are we ever going to clean it up?

Solution Overview

The practical side of our solution is measured by our data collection program. We have now collected over 1000 lines of data from Seabins operating in 15 countries. Data collection follows a protocol and is randomly completed by various independent groups and submitted to Seabin. Our data collection program will continue to expand as Seabins are delivered. From this data we have established that the average collection per seabin globally is 1.4 tonnes per annum. Our record collection in a 24 hour period is 720kgs where the catch bag was emptied as soon as it was full.The education and awareness side of solution is measured by participation and delivery of programs using the Seabins within that area as communication tools. Additionally, our viewing interactions are measurable. At the chosen sites we deliver a complete solution to the management of debris in that waterway from installation of a system of Seabins, advice to local governments and communities on stopping the flow of debris to waterways. At these installation sites we will provide technical and educational support through the employment of locals to manage, maintain and deliver the Seabin programs. In developing areas this will be expanded to supplying the infrastructure to capture the waste through community cooperation. Over a 5 year grant period, our impact will be measured by the quantity of debris collected, once we have established a baseline for that area, a reduction in debris captured is a direct correlation to the success of our education and awareness

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