Earlier this week we had the pleasure of going to the grand opening a bin! But it’s not just any old bin. It’s a very special Seabin, keep reading to find out more…
A few years ago we were involved in some of the initial conversations with the Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project about getting a Seabin in Whitehaven marina. Since then the WHYP have been working tirelessly to monitor the water quality of the marina and work out where the Seabin should be placed. They also had to raise enough funds not only for buying the Seabin, but also installation and running costs.
So, why are Seabins so special and why is a Seabin perfect for Whitehaven marina? With no huge open ocean swells or storms inside the marina, the relatively controlled environment and water level provides the perfect location. There’s also already a regular programme of maintenance throughout the marina which includes removing litter. Plus, there are power sources and people on site. The Seabin acts as a floating rubbish bin skimming the surface of the water by pumping water into the device. It can collect floating debris, macro and micro plastics, organic material (leaves, seaweed, etc…).
This is the first Seabin in Cumbria and one of only 20 in the UK. It’s great to see it already working and skimming the water of the marina. At their presentation in the WHYP offices before we went on site to have a look at the new bin the WHYP team told us that the Seabin team visited the marina and have recommended that the marina needs about 6 Seabins in order to tackle the pollution that comes into it from drains, dropped litter, through the sea lock, through accidental spills and many other sources. The WHYP are continuing to raise fund to try and achieve this.
So, while going to the grand opening of a bin might sound a little boring it’s actually a ground breaking, exciting, world leading, ocean friendly bin funded by the local community (through the Cleator Moor Coop) which is taking positive action against marine pollution. Phew! Take a look when you’re next in Whitehaven.