HOPA Ports’ Seabin was installed last summer at Harbour West Marina, and is currently in its second season of operation, helping keep plastic litter out of Hamilton Harbour.
The Seabin is a floating garbage can; it has a little suction that helps it attract and capture debris in a mesh bag under the surface. It is then emptied like a regular garbage can.
HOPA’s Seabin collects between 1.5 and 2 kilograms of floating waste per day, and is expected to collect as much as 200 kg by the end of November.
Through the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup Project, HOPA will be installing a second Seabin next year at Harbour West.
This effort is part of HOPA’s commitment to making Hamilton Harbour cleaner than it has been in many decades. We’re contributing $14 million cash and in-kind to the Randle Reef sediment remediation project, which will make a profound difference to water quality in Hamilton Harbour, and be a major step toward removing Hamilton Harbour as one of the Great Lakes pollution hotspots.