• Seabins are floating trash skimmers that collect floating debris such as macroplastics, microplastics as small as 2mm, microfibers, hydrocarbons, and contaminated organic waste like seaweed.

  • The Seabin’s submersible water pump is capable of displacing 25,000 liters per hour.

  • The Seabin can catch an estimated 3.9 kgs of floating debris per day or 1.4 tons per year (depending on weather and debris volumes).

  • In June, 2021, three Seabins were installed at marinas across Granville Island, including Granville Island Public Dock, Sea Village Marina, and Maritime Market Marina Ltd.

  • The Vancouver Plastic Cleanup is a coalition spearheaded by Swim Drink Fish. It was inspired by the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup, co-founded by Pollution Probe and the Council of Great Lakes Region.

  • The catch bags are emptied every day and the waste is sorted into five waste streams each week. Once a month, Swim Drink Fish employees and community science volunteers sort through the waste and conduct an in-depth waste characterization.

  • An estimated 30 billion plastic particles are released into Vancouver’s waterways each year.
    In 2017, 25,000 microplastics were counted in False Creek in a single reading. An estimated 30 billion microplastics are released into Vancouver's waters each year by water treatment plants, polluting their surrounding watersheds.

  • When plastic pollutants make their way into aquatic food webs, they can harm local wildlife.

  • Seabins and trash capture devices are part of a three pronged approach to prevent plastics from impacting waters: Plastic Waste Reduction, Increase Waste Management, and Plastic Pollution Cleanup.

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