Seabins installed in Portsmouth marinas to tackle marine pollution

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The Helistrat bins can collection up to half a tonne of floating debris per year

Portsmouth environmental consultancy Helistrat has installed two Seabins in Port Solent and Gosport marinas to tackle marine plastic waste.

Seabins are floating rubbish bins installed in the water at marinas, docks, yacht clubs and commercial ports.

They can collect up to half a tonne of floating debris per year including microplastics as small as 2mm.

A submersible water pump sucks up to 25 litres of water per hour in from the surface, where it then passes through a catch bag and is then pumped back into the marina leaving litter and debris trapped inside.

They are emptied twice a day by Premier Marinas which owns and operates nine south coast marinas.

Material from the catch bags is sorted to extract recyclable materials which are then sent to reprocessors. Non-recyclable material is turned into energy.

The Helistrat seabin

Graham Bristower, general managr at Premier’s Port Solent and Gosport marinas, said: “Collecting plastic waste from the water has to date been a question of capturing the waste from a boat.

"The introduction of Seabins in our marinas is really exciting as we are now able to collect waste more frequently and efficiently.We are proud to be part of this initiative and look forward to incorporating more Seabins into our marinas in the future.”

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