Sydney Wharf Embraces Seabin Technology

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Pete Ceglinski with Sydney Marina Seabin

Pyrmont’s Waterfront is now the home to Sydney’s fourth floating garbage bin. Skimming the marina’s surface, the Seabin will make light work of some of the thousands of pieces of floating debris and plastics that enter Sydney’s waterways.

This new addition to the global network was funded through a joint initiative between The Star Sydney and Sydney Wharf Marina. A generous $10,000 grant from The Star facilitated the purchase of the unit, with Sydney Wharf Marina taking on installation and maintenance duties.

Amanda Visser, Group Sustainability Manager at The Star, said, “the initiative is an extension of our commitment to reduce carbon and water usage, reduce waste to landfill and to increase recycling within our property.”

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Nairn Johnston, General Manager of Sydney Wharf Marina, made international headlines with the installation of Australia’s first two Seabins – crowdfunded by a marina and its occupants.

“The community of Sydney Wharf Marina are proud to partner with our neighbour the STAR and the Seabin Project on this great initiative. We value our location on Sydney harbour immensely, so we are happy to do our bit to help look after it. This is something which affects us all,” he said.

Sydney Wharf Marina’s general manager Nairn Johnston

Nairn Johnston, General Manager of Sydney Wharf Marina

The Seabin’s ability to capture marine litter at a rate of 3.9kg per day is astonishing. But the real impact comes from the community, data and educational programs built into the grant proposal.

Seabin Project co-founder Pete Ceglinski said, “The Star’s community grant combined with the Marina’s commitment to installation and maintenance of this Seabin, means that we’ll be able to keep this corner of Sydney Harbour that little bit cleaner.”

For Cleaner Oceans

City of Sydney councillor Christine Forster said the initiative was a critical addition in the fight against waste.”I would urge the City of Sydney to add its support to the delivery of additional Seabins around the harbour to ensure it retains its natural beauty and we remove as much waste as possible from reaching our oceans,” she said.

Australia’s first Seabin, sponsored by Hewlett Packard, was installed at the Australian National Maritime Museum in February 2018. With Corporations looking to implement Social Responsibility Programs, a new trend is emerging, which we strongly encourage. Company-branded Seabins are starting to make an appearance. We have the likes of Hewlett Packard -who brought the first Seabin to Australia, closely followed by Tomra Collections. In Italy, Whirlpool, Volvo Cars and KLM Airlines have all sponsored company-branded Seabins which are keeping Italian marinas litter-free.

“Getting the Seabins in the water around Australia has been a bit slow,” says CEO & Co-Founder Pete Ceglinski. “We only have so many first movers committing to installing the technology, but slowly, we are seeing an increase in numbers. Our main clients have been private marinas and yacht clubs. We have started conversations with State Government, but the process seems to be glacial-speed at best. Local communities are our best advocates. These are the people that are refusing single-use plastics like bags and straws, but are getting more and more frustrated at seeing the marine litter in the water on a daily basis.”

Global Network supported by Education and Community

Seabin Project’s global network of 719 units, including more than 10 in Sydney, contributes to the removal of about 2000kg of waste each day. Our goal is to trial Seabin technology with cities around the world. If you have rubbish bins on land, why not in the water?

However, the real solution is not technology. Education is the key driver. Plastic is a fantastic material, although certain plastic products are certainly not needed. And one thing is certain – Plastic does not belong in our oceans. If Plastic lasts forever and is reusable, then we should probably start reusing it a bit more you would think.

Alexandra Ridout, Partnerships Manager at Seabin Project, says, “If your company has a Corporate Social Responsibility program and you’re looking for positive and measurable impact, or to connect with local communities or even just to bring your employees down and interact with the Seabins, please get in touch. The problem of ocean plastics is huge, and we cannot solve the issue alone. We need partnerships and collaborations to really make a difference.”

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Corporate Social Responsibility Partners with Seabin Project