Se­abin set afloat to suck up rub­bish in har­bour

Pol­lu­tion: De­vice – de­signed by­surfers – is first of its kind­inS­cot­land

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - LOCALNEWS - Fri­day, June 15, 2018 BY TAM­SIN ROSS

A new float­ing rub­bish bin has been in­stalled at a north-east har­bour to help re­move lit­ter and pre­vent pol­lu­tion.

The Se­abin, which is afloat in Banff Har­bour, 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 pon­toon and will col­lect ap­prox­i­mately 20kg of lit­ter at a time, help­ing

“Ex­per­i­men­tal –on­lythe sec­on­d­ofits kindintheUK”

pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment and pre­vent con­tam­i­nat­ing fish.

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

David Duguid, Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive MP for Banff and Buchan, said: “I very much wel­come the ar­rival of this Se­abin ma­chine in Banff Har­bour.

“It is an in­ge­nious de­vice that will have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact in terms of tack­ling pol­lu­tion.

“The is­sue of plas­tic waste in par­tic­u­lar has been brought to the fore­front of po­lit­i­cal de­bate in this coun­try fol­low­ing the ex­cel­lent Blue Planet TV se­ries and the work of my col­league in the UK Cabi­net, the En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary Michael Gove.

“I look for­ward to hear­ing more about the im­pact that this Se­abin will have in ef­forts to clean up the har­bour at Banff.

“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 a very imag­i­na­tive so­lu­tion to a very dif­fi­cult problem.

“The de­vice is not big or com­pli­cated but it seems to work quite well – other than when it gets clogged with weed mat­ter it does a fan­tas­tic job. In­tro­duc­ing a sec­ond one in Mac­duff Har­bour will be in­ter­est­ing to see as there is more rub­bish there.

“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 af­ter be­ing frus­trated at the amount of rub­bish found at sea.

CLEAN-UP: Coun­cil­lor Michael Roy with the Se­abin, which will col­lect oil and plas­tic par­ti­cles big­ger than 2mm in Banff Har­bour

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