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  • January 18, 2016

    An Automated Garbage Can To Clean The Harbors?

    I have run across an interesting project that was crowd funded, and will hopefully do some good to the nasty ocean water that accumulates in the harbors.

    Having personally dove in Los Angeles Harbor while helping to train LA Harbor Police during my Dive Master training, I can personally say, harbor water is some of the most disgusting water around – floating oil, fuel, trash and shit.

    Literally, shit – some asshole boat owners are so cheap, that they will save the $6 charge to have their brown water tank pumped, and just empty it into the ocean.

    Currently, there are cleaning boats that patrol the harbor, but they are expensive to operate and are only in service during certain hours.

    The Sea Bin and developers
    The Seabin is about the size of a garbage can.

    The Seabin in action.
    The Seabin floats in the harbor and is run by a pump on the dock.

    Apparently, it collects the water on the surface, along with the trash and oil, and expels the cleaner water out the other end.

    They say that they have never had a fish caught in the device.

    You can see the crap that is collected.

    You can see the crap that it collects, but my question is, will that small can be enough to make a difference?

    I’m glad they got their funding, so hopefully technology will make a difference and clean the water.

    See the Seabin in action on YouTube:

    YouTube Video.

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