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The first two revolutionary full-time water collectors have settled in Sydney, one in Darling Harbor and one on the Parramatta River.
This comes less than a year after the Seabin Project first demonstrated its ingenious floating garbage containers in Australian waters.
To date, the Australian-invented Seabin has more than 435 Seabins that collect pollutants from waterways in ports, marinas and yacht clubs around the world, but did not exist in Australia so far.
When put into action 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, each Seabin has the potential to prevent approximately 1.4 tons, or 3.4 kilograms per day, of marine debris from entering our oceans each year; filtering water from everything from plastic bags and beverage containers, to cigarette butts, microplastics and surface oils.
Seagrasses are deployed near docks, marinas, banks and shores, to facilitate maintenance and emptying, but also at the main point of human pollution to mitigate debris reaching the wider ocean.
One Seabin will be deployed to Darling Harbor at the Australian National Maritime Museum and the other to Cabarita Point on the Parramatta River.
The Darling Harbor Seabin has been funded and donated to the museum by the global recycling company TOMRA, while tech giants HP have also shown their support for the cause by sponsoring the new Seabin at Cabarita Point along the Parramatta River. .
Seabin Project co-founder and CEO Pete Ceglinski said the organizations' enthusiasm for supporting the initiative further supports their belief in the role Seabins can play in saving our oceans for future generations, both through action as well as awareness.
“It has taken a lot of work and learning, but we are excited to finally be moving full steam ahead in Australia with our first full-time Seabins.
“While ultimately the best way to decontaminate our oceans and waterways will be through awareness and prevention, getting containers in the water is definitely rowing in the right direction,” said Mr. Ceglinski.
"Obviously, a concerted effort will be required, and the support of the Australian National Maritime Museum, TOMRA and HP is a great testament to the vision we have for both the Seabin Project and the future of our oceans."
Emily Jateff, Curator of Ocean Science and Technology, Australian National Maritime Museum, said: “The Australian National Maritime Museum was proud to host Seabin on World Oceans Day 2018, which was such a success that The Seabin returned in August for a special two-week installation during National Science Week. ”
TOMRA President Ryan Buzzell said: “We have seen first-hand the impact that an innovative approach to addressing waste can have on the environment.
“In just over 12 months, more than 1.4 billion beverage containers have been recycled through our reverse vending machines in New South Wales and Queensland, so we take the opportunity to support Seabin in their attempt to clean up our oceans ”.
Dan Henry, Director of Marketing for the South Pacific, said: “At HP, environmental sustainability is central to the way our products are designed, manufactured, used and recovered, but as a brand we need to do more to influence the right changes. .
We know from our most recent study that ocean pollution is one of our biggest concerns as Australians.
HP is always looking for ways to partner with environmentally conscious organizations like Seabin that are having a local impact here. "
The launch of Darling Harbor and Cabarita Point Seabins will be followed by further installations to be announced soon, bringing the total number of Seabins worldwide to 438, and on count.
Visit seabinproject.com to learn more about the Seabin Project.
Original article (in English)