For the second summer in a row now, the Seabin floating rubbish bin is collecting rubbish in the coastal waters of Helsinki’s Kaivopuisto. This summer, Seabins donated by Wärtsilä are being used not only in Helsinki, Turku and Vaasa, but in Rauma and Hanko as well.
The aim of the floating rubbish bin is to clean the waters while also raising people’s awareness concerning litter in our seas and oceans. To the citizens of Helsinki, the Seabin project offers a tangible method for observing the state of our shared living environment. The floating rubbish bin has already proven effective in collecting a variety of rubbish, such as plastics, cigarette stumps and food packaging.
The Seabin floating rubbish bin, developed by the Australian Seabin Project, can be placed in the water at marinas, docks, yacht clubs and commercial ports. 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 appropriately.
In addition to organic matter and rubbish, the device can also collect oils and other impurities floating on the water surface.
The Port of Helsinki is taking part in a three-year project, sponsored by Wärtsilä, by managing the operation and maintenance of the floating bins in Helsinki.
We all share the sea – what kind of concrete action could you take for the benefit of the seas?