St. Katharine Docks in London has introduced its first three Seabins as part of a commitment to invest in sustainability and eco-friendly projects to reduce the amount of waste found in the River Thames and the ocean.
Each floating rubbish bin can collect up to half a tonne of floating debris per year, including microplastics as small as 2mm. A submersible water pump, capable of displacing 25,000 litres per hour, sucks water in from the surface which then passes through a catch bag inside the Seabin. Clean water is then pumped back into the marina leaving litter and debris trapped inside.
“We have been following the success of the Seabin project for quite some time and are delighted to have three Seabins at St. Katharine Docks as part of our continuous effort to maintain a sustainable marina,” said Paul Tetlow, marina manager at St. Katharine Docks, managed by Camper and Nicholsons Marinas.
The Seabins at St. Katharine Docks are located in the West Dock and Central Basin. They are checked on a regular basis and emptied as required, with the recyclable waste disposed of by the marina team.
St. Katharine Docks estimates that the three Seabins could catch around 1,500kgs of rubbish per year, therefore playing a crucial role in preventing it from flowing back into the River Thames and more widely into the oceans.
The initiative follows St. Katharine Docks’ efforts to be a ‘greener marina’ over the past few years, supporting projects such as The Whale Company and #ForFishsSake.