Increasing plastic production, coupled with poor waste management practices and the lack of proper recycling infrastructures, is seriously threatening the sustainability and biodiversity of our lakes and waterways.

We are proud to report that on June 25, our very own Outer Harbour Marina became the first commercial installation of Seabins in Canada. Seabins – invented by Australian surfers appalled at the amount of plastic pollution in the ocean – are floating trash bins that collect floating debris and micro-plastics as small as 2 millimeters, and contain a filtration pad that collects hydrocarbons like fuel and oil that can spill into waterways.

The Seabin moves up and down with the natural flow of water, collecting all floating debris. Water is sucked in from the surface and passes through a catch bag inside the Seabin, with a submersible water pump capable of displacing 25.000 LPH (liter per hour), plugged directly into 110/22V outlet. The water is then pumped back into the marina leaving litter and debris trapped in the catch bag to be disposed of properly.

Just one Seabin can collect upward of 3.9 kilograms of debris in a day, filtering as much as 1.4 metric tons of trash in one year.  The OHM has undertaken a pilot project, installing three bins in specific “debris problem areas” of the marina. This strategic positioning enables the wind and the currents to push the debris directly to the Seabin.

The pilot project will allow the marina and PortsToronto to consider the use of Seabins in Toronto’s harbour in future.