In June 2018, Premier Marinas – in partnership with Helistrat environmental consultants – installed a Seabin at Port Solent Marina, as part of a larger commitment into investing in greater environmental sustainability and a reduction of waste including plastics and microplastics in the ocean.
Seabins are floating rubbish bins located in the water at marinas, docks, yacht clubs and commercial ports. Each bin can collect up to ½ tonne of floating debris per year, including microplastics as small as 2mm. A submersible water pump, capable of displacing 25,000 litres per house, sucks water in from the surface which then passes through a catch bag inside the Seabin and is then pumped back into the marina leaving litter and debris trapped inside.
The Seabins are emptied twice a day by the team at Premier Marinas. On retrieval from the water, the material from the Seabins’ catch bags is sorted to extract recyclable materials, including plastics, which are sent to re-processors. Non-recyclable material is used to offset fossil fuels in the production of energy.
Premier Marinas takes its commitment to the environment very seriously and this is a new initiative to work towards a cleaner marine environment. It will work in tandem with the existing weed and waste collection measures in the marina with the aim of reducing the amount of plastics and rubbish in the marina and ultimately in the ocean. Helistrat has proudly sponsored this Seabin which is estimated to catch around half a tonne of floating debris per year.
“As a business located near some of the UK’s business ports and marinas, we wanted to do something to help tackle the problem of waste plastic and raise the profile of The Seabin Project,” said Ben Richardson, Head of Trading at Helistrat. “The only way we are going to eliminate the 10-12 million tonnes of plastic that ends in our oceans is by not producing this waste in the first place, but until then, we need to find ways to help minimise its impact and recycle this material.”
Graham Bristowe, General Manager at Premier’s Portsmouth Harbour marinas added: “Premier Marinas has long been conscious of the importance of running environmentally friendly marinas and we have efficient waste management and recycling systems in place at each of our sites. Collecting plastic waste from the water has, to date, been a question of capturing the waste from a boat. The introduction of Seabins in our South Coast marinas is really exciting, as we are now able to collect waste more frequently and efficiently. We are proud to be part of this initiative and look forward to incorporating more Seabins into our marinas in the future.”
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