Float­ing bin to tackle rub­bish at har­bour

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - LOCALNEWS -

A float­ing rub­bish bin has been in­stalled in Banff har­bour.

The Se­abin will col­lect any oil and plas­tic par­ti­cles big­ger than 2mm.

This de­vice – which works like a vac­uum cleaner, suck­ing in rub­bish on the wa­ter sur­face – is the first of its kind in Scot­land.

It is se­cured to a pla­toon and will col­lect about 20kg of lit­ter at a time, help­ing pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment and pre­vent con­tam­i­nat­ing fish.

Plans are un­der way to in­stall another bin at Mac­duff Har­bour.

David Duguid, Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive MP for Banff and Buchan, said: “I would be fully sup­port­ive of any pro­posal to ex­pand this project into Mac­duff, or in­deed any other part of my Banff and Buchan con­stituency.”

Each bin costs around £3,000.

Coun­cil­lor Michael Roy said: “It’s ex­per­i­men­tal – only the sec­ond of its kind in the UK af­ter be­ing de­signed by Aus­tralian surfers – so I’m ex­cited to see the level of its suc­cess.”

Pete Ceglin­ski and An­drew Tur­ton cre­ated the de­vice in 2015 to tackle rub­bish found at sea.

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