Seabin: A Garbage Can for the Ocean



Sustainability Problem: (Ocean) Waste

More than 8M tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year, and some people estimate that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. The world’s reliance on plastic does not seem to be shrinking, so this problem will continue to exists as about 50% of plastic is used just once and thrown away.

Summary of Technology

  • The ‘Seabin” is essentially an in water garbage can, intended to gather floating debris polluting  marinas, yacht clubs, ports and any water body with a calm environment
  • There is a small motor at the bottom of the bin that sucks the water in through the mesh, catching debris on the way; the 110/220V pump can be operated by ‘solar, wind, wave or turbine depending on the location, current technology and services available’
  • It is estimated to ‘catch’ 1.5KG of debris per day, but can hold up to 12KG; additionally it can collect/absorb a small amount of oil from the water, which will increase as the technology improves.
  • Seabin is available for about $4000, and is being implemented in Finland, the UK, and Spain


  • Seabin R&D, product development team
  • Seabin sales, marketing, and business development team
  • Vendors
  • Potential customers/ buyers
  • Investors (originally funded via IndieGoGo) 

Implementation Steps

  • Continue business development, deploy and sell new Seabins product worldwide
  • Fundraise for necessary capital
  • Test more effective technology, and continue product development steps


UNI – JM4202


2 thoughts on “Seabin: A Garbage Can for the Ocean

  1. The mesh in the catch bag is made from recycled plastic mesh, and currently recycled HDPE ocean plastics are also being trialed in the production of the Seabins to see what content recycled material vs. virgin materials they can utilize. Creating this product with more oil absorption technology would be even more beneficial. My two questions are: What is done with the debris collected from these mesh bags and how much more efficient is this catch bag in comparison to other technologies currently on the market?


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