The Seabin, created by Australians Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, is an automated garbage bin that sits in the water of marinas, private pontoons, inland waterways, residential lakes, harbors, water ways, ports and yacht clubs. The Seabin floats on the water's surface and suck water into it, also pulling in any garbage and debris, the garbage is captured in a bag made of natural fiber, and the water is pulled into a pump located on the shore, or the dock, which separates out any oil in the water, and then pumps the clean water back into the ocean.
Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski were inspired to create the Seabin, because they were tired of having to surf in waters teeming with garbage. Their solution, the Seabin is low maintenance, and can be operated by a single person working at the docks. Rather than the traditional method of having people go out into the waters to clean up the garbage, the Seabin uses the pump to bring the garbage into one location and make it easy for one person to remove garbage from the water with much less effort. Additionally, some of the captured plastic can be used to produce more Seabins to capture more garbage.
Andrew and Pete attacked the problem of ocean garbage and pollution in a new way, and their unconventional idea provides more efficient and easier way to clean the garbage in the water. The Seabin project has been warmly received by the public, especially within the surfer community. The creators have a working prototype, and their crowdfunding page on Indiegogo has raised $267,767 USD from over seven thousand backers.