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World Earth Day 2024, Planet vs Plastics


Since 2022, two floating bins which skim water for plastics and rubbish have been used to cut waste pollution in the sea and harbour at Lowestoft thanks to our East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm. 

Picking up rubbish like plastic bottles and bags, cigarette ends and crisp packets from the water’s surface, one Seabin can catch up to one tonne of debris a year, including microplastics as small as 2mm.We installed a Seabin at its East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm pontoon in 2022, and donated another to ABP to help cut waste in the harbour.

Fully submersible, the Seabins are a similar size to a standard household wheelie bin and remove plastic bottles, litter, debris, microplastics and rubbish from the port water. Fixed in position, they collect any floating rubbish as water flows through the bin, moving with the motion of the tide.

Each bin has the capability to catch 90,000 plastic bags, 35,700 disposable cups, 166,500 plastic utensils and 16,500 plastic bottles per year. Cigarette ends are the most common caught item. Debris is stored in a catch bag, which is changed daily and disposed of properly, while the clean water then flows back into the marina. 

At the time of installation in 2022, Tom Duit, Operations Manager at ABP’s Port of Lowestoft said: “ABP is really pleased to support this initiative. We have the calm waters needed for the Seabin unit to work effectively and the device has no negative impact on our port operations. It has, however, had a really positive impact on the environment, collecting floating debris and microplastics which would otherwise end up in our oceans. ABP has committed to making sure we minimise the impact of port operations on the environment and ensuring a sustainable future. This is another step towards this ambition.”

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