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What is 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 acts as a floating garbage bin that pumps surface water through the unit.

  • Intercepts floating debris, macro and microplastics (and microfibers with an extra filter).

  • Cleans contaminated organic materials like leaves, seaweed, etc.

  • Equipped with absorbent pads to collect petroleum-based surface oils and detergent.

Seabin & Seaside Sustainability

  • Seaside Sustainability is the exclusive agent for Seabins in the New England and NY region!

  • We are part of the Cape Ann Maritime Partnership which has purchased a Seabin to be installed in the Gloucester Marina (Near Cripple Cove) as part of their clean water initiatives.

  • Seaside is actively involved in the Maritime Gloucester Education Program which educates students and the public about the Seabin by promoting educational workshops and field trips. 

  • Data from the Seabin is measured through a trackable downloadable application to your mobile device, making it easy to manage data collection!

  • The work we do provides solution-based learning opportunities for youth to get involved in the data collection process, and thus gives them a significant role in identifying and reducing the waste problems in our waterways.

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The Seabin's Potential

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Data shows that each Seabin catches a significant amount of pollutants such as cigarettes, plastic bags, and even hazardous surface chemicals like oil.

The bins have the capacity to collect pollutants of a variety of shapes and sizes; it has the durability to withhold a 20 liter container with water flow, and its carefully constructed filtration can contain tiny micro plastics. 

The Seabin's vast potential makes it a fitting technology for nearly any calm water environment!

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.

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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!


  • 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

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 range

  • Power supply located nearby

  • Must be installed on floating pontoons

  • Voltage: 110V/220V

  • Requires 500W

  • Staff member to maintain bin daily


The Case Study Speaks for Itself!

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Seabins were implemented in two locations, Mooloolaba Wharf and Mooloolaba Marina.

In just a month's time it collected...

  • 22,350 polystyrene balls

  • 2,377 plastic pieces

  • 1,331 cigarette butts

  • 368 food wrappers

  • 84 straws

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Blue Technologies

Seaside Sustainability uses blue technologies to conduct original marine science investigations in order to better understand the specific needs of the Cape Ann and North Shore waterways. These technologies enhance the data we collect and provide new opportunities for marine research.

Blue Technologies, such as Seabins, Skimmers, and FiFish, are innovative devices and systems designed to monitor and clean our oceans without harming marine ecosystems. Because we firmly believe blue technology is the future of sustainable oceans, Seaside Sustainability has become an agent of The Seabin Project, and we have acquired a FiFish underwater drone for educational use. Seaside has also incorporated the use of two additional aquadrones into our field work and educational programs.


Seaside Sustainability also collaborates with the Cape Ann Maritime Partnership, which has bought and maintains two Seabins and a skimmer, which passively collect marine debris in our local area. Skimmer, lovingly called Skimmy and located at the Gloucester Maritime Museum, is equipped to collect larger quantity of debris.

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