The first Seabin floating rubbish bin in Finland and all of Northern Europe was launched in Uunisaari, in front of Kaivopuisto in Helsinki, on 9 May 2017. The pilot project has a three-month test period, during which real-life Finnish experiences on the use of the floating rubbish bins are collected. The second floating rubbish bin will be launched in Helsinki at the turn of May and June.
The introduction of the floating rubbish bins in Finland is a project by the technology group Wärtsilä, belonging to the Finland 100 programme. For the next three years, Wärtsilä will be the global pilot partner for the Seabin Project, and donate new bins to the City of Helsinki and the Port of Helsinki, who, in turn, are responsible for the use and maintenance of the bins in Helsinki. Wärtsilä is also negotiating the donation of bins in Turku and Vaasa, as well.
The Port of Helsinki is committed to acting for the good of the Baltic Sea
The Port of Helsinki takes nature into consideration in all of its operations, and cooperates with various bodies regarding environmental issues on local, national, and international levels. Participation in the maintenance of the floating rubbish bins and the analysation of the collected rubbish fit in as a natural part of the port operations, as does drawing attention to the global phenomenon of littering of the sea.
– The Seabin project offers citizens a tangible method for observing the state of our shared living environment and paying attention to their own actions, says Director Kari Noroviita from the Port of Helsinki.
– We are committed to acting for the good of the Baltic Sea. The port operations have environmental permits to regulate our professional operations, but the sea and the water are the same for everyone.
The Port of Helsinki is also an active participant in the Baltic Sea Challenge, launched by the cities of Helsinki and Turku in 2007. The campaign has seen the cities commit to tangible, voluntary actions to support coastal waters and the whole of the Baltic Sea, as well as challenging a wide range of operators around the Baltic Sea to get involved in cooperation.
The Seabin Project
The Australian Seabin Project launched the new V5 Hybrid model of its floating rubbish bin in early April. After that, prototypes have been launched in locations managed by pilot partners around the world. Experiences of the operation of the floating bins are collected from the pilot partners during the three-month test period. The Seabins will be commercially available at the start of August.
The project approaches the challenge posed by the littering of the seas through the eyes of education, research, and technology.
The Seabin is a floating rubbish bin that is placed in the water at marinas, docks, yacht clubs and commercial ports, collecting floating rubbish. Water is sucked in from the surface and passes through the catch bag filter inside the Seabin. The water is then pumped back into the sea, leaving litter and debris trapped in the catch bag, to be disposed of properly. The Seabin is also able to collect some oils and other impurities from the surface of the water.