We won’t let marine life get replaced with plastic

As part of our plastic free initiative, we have just installed the Isle of Wight’s very first ‘Seabin’ to aid the removal of plastics from our ocean.

Meet the Seabin

The Seabin was developed by the Seabin Project, which was crowd funded in 2016. This floating debris interception device is a revolution in ocean cleaning technology, helping to create cleaner oceans with healthier marine life.

Isle of Wight Seabin collecting plastic rubbish

How does the Seabin work?

The Seabin has a submersible water pump and moves up and down with the range of tide collecting all floating rubbish. Water is sucked in from the surface and passes through a catch bag inside the Seabin. The water is then pumped back into the marina leaving litter and debris trapped in the catch bag to be disposed of properly.

The Seabin has been installed on a floating dock in the UKSA marina. This strategic positioning enables the wind and the currents to push the debris directly to the Seabin.

Isle of Wight Seabin reducing plastic in the solent

What does the Seabin collect?

The Seabin catches an estimated 1.5kgs of floating debris per day (depending on weather and debris volumes) including micro-plastics up to 2 mm small. The catch bag has a capacity of 20kg. The Seabin also has the potential to collect a percentage of oils and pollutants floating on the water surface.

How did we get the 1st Sea Bin on the Isle of Wight?

For their community project, our NCS students chose to raise awareness of the Seabin Project. Due to their hard work in attracting support, we received a substantial donation from a kind donor to help fund the Seabin Project.

UKSA NCS Students have raised money for the Seabin

What will we be doing with the waste we collect

Over the course of the year, we will collect all waste to measure the impact of the installation.  The contents will be sorted into what is reusable and what is not.  We will brainstorm ideas with our students and work on creative ways to re-use and re-purpose the contents.

Considering what to do this summer and want to get involved with your community then why not sign up to our NCS programme? 

Did you know …..Facts about plastic currently in our oceans

  • Approximately 10–20 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans each year.
  • A recent study estimated that 5.25 trillion plastic particles are currently in our oceans.
  • The weight of discarded plastic in the oceans is estimated to weight 268,940 tons.
  • Plastic pollution affects all sea animals and birds.

Let’s all work together and achieve a plastic-free future for our oceans.