What’s A Seabin?

The Seabin is an advanced aquatic “trash skimmer” designed to be installed in the water of Marinas, Yacht Clubs, ports and nearly any body of water.

The Seabin functions as a floating garbage bin, pumping surface water through the unit. While doing so it intercepts floating debris, macro and microplastics (microfibres w/ extra filter). It’s able to clean contaminated organic material (leaves, seaweed, etc…) and is easily equipped with absorbent pads for petroleum-based surface oils and detergent.

The Story

"It all started from a passion for the oceans and the hard realization that human overconsumption and waste mismanagement was killing our oceans.” This is how Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, two avid water lovers, created the “Seabin” that would collect trash, oil, fuel and detergents.

A boat builder and sailor by trade, Turtle spent years sailing and travelling around the world and it all stemmed from a simple thought of “If we can have rubbish bins on land then why not have them in the water” and then the journey began from there."

The Purpose

"The mission statement is simple: To live in a world without the need for Seabins.  It may seem like a contradiction but at the end of the day, marine litter should not be in the water in the first place." 

Seaside has developed the Seabin Project in coordination with the Cape Ann Maritime Partnership to help clean up marinas along the North Shore!

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Is the Seabin right for you?

Are you an aquatic-based business or community wondering if the Seabin is right for you? 

Take a look at some of its key features and consider how it could fit in and benefit you!

Environmental Requirements

  • Currents less than 1.5 knots

  • Maximum wave height of less than 1 ft

  • Water level greater than 4 1/2 feet at lowest point of tide rage

  • Power supply located nearby

  • Must be installed on floating pontoons

  • Voltage: 110V/220V

  • Requires 500W

  • Staff member to maintain bin daily


  • Efficient and consistent: Runs 24/7 and collects on average 8.5 lbs of trash a day

  • Catches 1.4 tons a year

  • Costs equivalent of less than $1 a day approx. 

  • Educational opportunities: investing in the Seabin puts you ahead as an environmentally conscious organization

  • Financial: it takes less labor/work to empty Seabin filters than it would to use nets to manually collect pollution

How does it work? 

The Seabin moves with the tide range collecting all floating contaminants. 

"Water is sucked in from the surface and passes through a catch bag inside the Seabin, with a submersible water pump capable of 8.5 lbs. debris per hour, plugged directly into either a 110V or 220V outlet. The water is then pumped back into the marina leaving litter and debris trapped in the catch bag."

Seabin Potential

The bins have the capacity to collect pollution with a variety of shapes and sizes with its durability to withhold a 20 L container with water flow, to its carefully constructed filtration being able to contain tiny microplastics.

Data collected has expressed a significant amount of pollutants caught, whether it be cigarettes, plastic bags, or even hazardous surface chemicals such oil. 

Its vast potential makes it a fitting technology for nearly any calm water environment.


Taking initiative to clean the oceans