In order to combat growing problems in water pollution, the United Kingdom government has installed its first ever “seabin.”
Based on the current figures, every year, 8 million metric tons of discarded plastic find their way into Earth’s oceans. In the past, a majority of this debris was organic material, but that has since been replaced primarily by plastic.
The technology, called “seabin,” aims to combat this problem—and the U.K. just installed its first one.
The seabin is, as its name suggests, a bin made up of a large fiber net and a dock-based pump.
Furthermore, the device is aimed at collecting pollution of all sizes, down to floating debris as small as 2mm in diameter. It’s even capable of collecting oil from the water, a priceless innovation in the event of an oil spill.
According to local report, the first implemented seabin was installed this October in Portsmouth Harbor in the U.K, where it will be able to immediately start cleaning plastic pollution from its waters.
“Sure, we can’t catch everything right now, but it’s a really positive start,” the device’s creators, Pete Ceglinski and Andrew Turto, told the Huffington Post.
“It’s a big mission, but it can be done. In fact, we’re doing it right now,” the inventors added.
Explaining more on the technology, the seabin works by creating a flow of water into the bin, bringing with it any surrounding debris that is then caught in the net.
According to the Seabin Project website, the device can catch 1.5 kilograms (about 3.3 pounds) of debris per day, with the ability to hold up to 12 kilograms (26.5 pounds) at full capacity.
Also, device’s creators estimate each seabin can remove about half a ton of debris every year, the equivalent of collecting about 20,000 bottles or 83,000 plastic bags.
The report also said that the technology was so promising because its creators were able to raise $260,000 on IndieGoGo to fund its creation.
Meanwhile, the seabin is set to become commercially available this November.