‘Seabin’ – rubbish bins for ocean that collects trash.

An innovative ocean-cleaning technology known as the Seabin, it collects trash floating in ports and marinas — and simultaneously collects data on the state of global waterways, guiding efforts to clean the oceans.

The Seabin V5 – The Seabin Project - For Cleaner Oceans

The Seabin V5 moves up and down with the range of the tide collecting all marine debris. Water is sucked in from the surface with a submersible water pump capable of displacing 25.000 LPH (litres per hour), and passes through a catch bag inside the Seabin V5. The unit is plugged directly into 110/220V outlet. The water is then pumped back into the marina leaving marine debris trapped inside the catch bag to be either recycled or sent to a waste management facility.


The water is being circulated through the action of a submersible water pump. As the water passes through the catch bag, the Seabin V5 retains all marine debris 2mm or larger.

The Seabin catches an estimated 1.5 tons of marine debris per year (depending on weather and debris volumes) including micro plastics down to 2 mm small, microfibres, fuel and oil. The catch bag has the capacity to hold up to 20kgs and can be changed multiple times per day. The Seabin V5 range in glassy conditions has a 50 metre radius but in windy or tidal conditions the Seabin V5 relies on its strategic positioning for the wind and current to bring the marine litter to its location.

The Seabin V5 – The Seabin Project - For Cleaner Oceans

The catch bag in the V5 Hybrid works as a filter for both macro and micro floating waste. After extensive research and development using natural materials like Jute, we have found that it simply was not a sustainable option due to length of life and performance. The design team have opted for a sturdy and 100% recyclable plastic mesh and are now working on how to introduce recycled fishing net plastic into the catch bag.

The reusable qualities of the mesh enables the V5 Hybrid to capture micro plastics down to 2mm in size without reducing the performance of the Seabin.

When the catch bag comes to its end of life and cannot be repaired, the catch bag can be cleaned and then simply recycled again.

One of the goals for the Seabin Project is to provide practical and tangible solutions to reduce the plastics in our oceans which is one of the world’s greatest problems.

If we can have rubbish bins on land then why not have them in the ocean?